The author of the book, Steven R, Covey describes seven habits of highly effective people and shares practical methods for adopting the seven habits. The book 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People has several editions, but the selected rendition was written in 2014. and it was published by the St. Martin’s Press.
Main Components of the Leadership Development Model
The main components of this developmental model is the actual 7 habits, which I will delve into herein:
- Habit 1– Be Proactive. This is the key that unlocks the doors to all other habits (Covey, 2014). It is imperative to have goals and taking responsibilities for self and actions.
- Habit 2– Begin With the End in Mind. This involves much imagination, i..e., having the ability to foresee in the mind what cannot be seeing the naked eyes. Covey states that an idea is birthed via mental creation, then comes the reality or the physical creation (Covey, 2014). It safe to say that mental creation goes before physical creation.
- Habit 3– Put First Things First. What is given first priory has the tendency to become first in one’s life, so choose wisely (Covey, 2014). I guess it fitting for every person to decipher what matters most; this may help to effectively balance important relationships, roles, and undertakings.
- Habit 4– Think Win-Win. Everything does not have to be a win-lose situation. For example, in the family setting, they usually focus on mutual benefits. They foster support and mutual respect for one another; they think interdependently in order to create win-win situations (Covey, 2014)
- Habit 5– Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood. Everyone seeks first to be understood, but if they do seek to understand, they often are preparing an answer as they listen (Covey, 2014). That is, before the other person even finishes the sentence, an answer is being formulated in the thought of the listener to rebuttal. This is counterproductive, so it is better to seek first to understand then to be understood. Certainly, effective communication is one the most important skills to develop/master.
- Habit 6– Synergize. Synergy is not quite defined here as just teamwork; instead, it evokes the thought of two persons coming together to do something great that they couldn’t have produced independent of each other. It embodies the phrase ‘two heads are better than one”. Covey, states that synergy is an exciting adventure of creating something new with someone else as it grows. This practice come out of the win-win thinking; It’s best to always synergize around creative new approaches and solution (Covey, 2014).
- Habit 7– Sharpen the Saw: This can be described as the habit of renewing self regularly. Covey explains sharpening the saw in this manner: attending regularly and consistently to renewal of all four dimensions of life—physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual (Covey, 2014).
In addition, he highlighted the maturity scale, which includes (a) dependence, (b) independence, and (d) interdependence—depicted in figure 1 below:
This book is an inspirational self-improvement book, with various insights of how to obtain personal and interpersonal effectiveness. This book could act as a manual for gaining success in the following areas, (a) education, (b) family, (c) health and (d) career. Although, it hard to change habits, we can certainly keep making attempts to change and shape our behaviors in order to succeed.
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