Covey Essay

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PRINCIPLE-CENTERED LEADERSHIP By Stephen R. Covey An Executive Book Summary Professor Walker LDRS 591 A Brief Summary: In his book Principle-Centered Leadership, Stephen Covey encourages us to utilize four central principles (security, guidance, wisdom, power) as the core in our personal and professional lives. Covey believes that centering our lives on these principles is “the key to developing [the] rich internal power in our lives” (p. 20). The book is divided into two sections: Section 1 addresses personal and interpersonal effectiveness, while Section 2 examines managerial and organizational development. Covey offers guidelines and tips on how to achieve a more principle-centered perspective, including charts, lists, concept maps, and many memorable quotes scattered throughout the text. Readers will appreciate the down-to-earth, anecdotal style in which the book is written. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him how to fish and you feed him for a life- Covey, Stephen R. (1991). Principle-centered leadership. New York: Summit Books. Inside this summary: The Four Principles and Three Resolutions PrincipleCentered Leadership Marriage, Family, and Children Seven Chronic Problems and Shifting the Management Paradigm Total Quality Leadership and Tying It All Together 2 “The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be” - Socrates 3 4 5 In Principle-Centered Leadership, you may find answers to some of the problematic questions that arise at home and at work: • • • • How do we achieve and maintain a wise and renewing balance between work and family? How can we be empowered (and empower other people) with confidence and competence to solve problems and seize opportunities? How do we unleash the creativity, resourcefulness, talent, and energy of the vast majority of the present work force? How

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