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7 habits of highly effective leaders

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The 7 habits of highly effective people is a book written by Steven R Covey which speaks of the qualities, personality and living/working habits of effective people. A point to ponder is why this book speaks of effectiveness rather than efficiency. Whats the difference?

Efficiency is to save money, time & efforts regardless quality, Effectiveness is how well the job gets done , focus on quality.

Efficiency…..Do the things right, Effectiveness……Do the right thing

Leaders should adopt the The 7 habits of highly effective people in order to be effective in what they do

Habit 1: Be Proactive: Anticipate problems and hiccups before they happen, not run around mending thing after they are broken

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind: Define your goal, think of what you really want, think of how you are going to achieve it and once you have achieved it, what then?

Habit 3: Put First Things First: Basically prioritizing. Refer the below matrix and accordingly, anything you do should be categorized according to importance vs urgency.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win: Find a solution to a problem that will benefit or do justice to both parties concerned.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood: In other words, be empathetic. If someone is speaking, let them speak. Take notes on what the person is saying and at the end of the conversation summarize what you have understood and seek clarification from the other person. You will be understood when you say what you have to say.

Habit 6: Synergize: This can only be done if you think win-win and Seek to understand. According to Covey, Putting habits 4, 5 and 6 together creates a perfect model for human interaction where no one is misunderstood and each person comes up with solutions that are better that than what the other proposes. In simple words, Perfect brainstorming.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw: In other words, sharpen your mind. How? Through, spiritual, mental and physical exercise. Spiritual exercise can be easier for people who believe in a god, a creator or simply that life as it is has a purpose. If you don’t believe that life has a higher purpose for you, create a mentality that you can do something to better this world. i.e Greenpeace activist.

Mental exercise is usually derived through study, reading and engaging in meaningful discussion. Being physically active has more advantages that one can possibly imagine. Research has shown that standing up increased your heart rate by 10 beats per minute and this increases blood flow to your entire body. Thereby you can think faster. Imagine what walking, running and working out can do for you.


Written by Talal Cassim

March 21, 2010 at 11:03 am

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