I finally got around to reading Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I had listened to the CD of his First Things First (based on the third habit) and had enjoyed it. To be honest, I was a little hesitant to read this book. At first glance, it looked a little like it might be all hype, just another collection of positive thinking ideas aimed at selling more products. However, that fear was far from founded. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is actually a very good book that is based on solid principles. The basic foundation of the book is the move from a personality ethic to a character ethic. Covey, had done extensive research in success literature over the last couple of centuries and found that there had been a movement from the character ethic to the personality ethic. We have all seen how that has worked. Covey calls us to return to the character ethic. The working out of that is the seven habits. I will not go into detail into each habit (perhaps that will be the subject of future blog posts), but I will list them.
1. Be Proactive: Principles of Personal Vision
2. Begin with the End in Mind: Principles of Personal Leadership
3. Put First Things First: Principles of Personal Management
4. Think Win/Win: Principles of Interpersonal Leadership
5. Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood: Principles of Empathetic Communication
6: Synergize: Principles of Creative Cooperation
7. Sharpen the Saw: Principles of Balanced Self-Renewal
Stephen Covey is a Mormon but this book is very compatible with a Christian worldview. I highly recommend it for all leaders as it is very helpful both for church ministry and family relationships.