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Principle-Centered Leadership

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This book asks the fundamental question, how do we as individuals (and organizations), not only survive but thrive amid tremendous change? More, why are our efforts to improve continuing to fail despite the millions of dollars we spend in time, capital, and human effort every year? How do we combat all of this by unleashing the full measure of our creativity, talent, and e ...more
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Published December 2nd 2009 by RosettaBooks (first published January 1st 1991)
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Nov 28, 2011 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This has been one of the best books on life I have read in some time. I would agree with many of the other reviewers that this was a fairly repetitive book, and normally I would have only given something like this 4 stars, but the difference for me was that the concepts are powerful enough that it deserves a lot of praise. The book is a good companion to Covey's phenomenal 7 Habits book, by acting as a new lens through which to view the 7 Habits concepts. This book illustrates how the use of so
Greg Strandberg
This book was pretty good, but I got a little tired of reading it and decided to take it back to the library. I think it has some good tips on being effective in life and business and leadership, while also having good habits. The first couple of chapters, Covey reiterates what he said in his book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People." I never read that, but enjoyed the recap.

All in all, if you want good motivational business/leadership books, this is a good one to look at.
Oct 08, 2012 Maen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب ضعيف لكاتب مميز...
لا أنصح بقراءته
كلام كثير برايي الشخصي اللي قرأ العادات السبعة للناس الأكثر فعالية مالو بحاجة هاد الكتاب
واللي ما قرأ العادات السبعة ما حيفهم هاد الكتاب
May 18, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership
This is an excellent book that shows how to implement the 7 Habits of Highly-Effective People in organizations and relationships. I think that this book gives great insights into effective human resource planning and strategy. You have to look at your organization as a whole and people as a whole. What motivates? What inspires to do better? A mission and common goal are important. I found the chapters on managing expectations, and involving and empowering people very interesting...especially bec ...more
حاتم عاشور
من المحزن أن أكتب هذا الكلام من بعد وفاة ستيفن كوفي بيوم واحد !

الكتاب في وصفه الأول "كثير حكي" يمكن كان اختصار الكثير من المقدم
وإعطاء خلاصات مفيدة بشكل أجمل، يحتوي على الكثير من النظريات
والجانب الذي يتحدث فيه الكتاب مبني على البعد العملي تماماً.

تشعر في لحظات أنك ضائع في صفحاته لعدم وجود بعض الترابط، الترجمة أثرت ! من الممكن.

النجمة الثالثة استحقها لأنه في أجزاء يعطيك كلاما ً رائعا ً يمكن استقراءه من الواقع أو تحويله إلى الواقع.

وللأمانة الكتاب من الممكن أن يعطى كدورة أو مادة تدريسية، ولكن لا يص
Aaron Hutmacher
Mar 10, 2014 Aaron Hutmacher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very good. However, the concepts and topics were very in depth and honestly deeper then my limited understanding could comprehend. Most books of this type take me a few weeks to read. I have been reading this book for a few months. I would read a few paragraphs and then have to digest what it said. I underlined or highlighted several key points and will likely keep this book on my bookshelf to refer to in the future.
Aug 25, 2010 Aram rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Covey; he really goes in depth while keeping everything plain and simple. This book basically goes over four levels of Leadership; Personal, Interpersonal, Managerial and Organizational and how you will succeed at each level by applying the key corresponding principles; Trustworthiness, Trust, Empowerment and Alignment.

If you are familiar with Covey you will tie a lot of these principles with other of his concepts, I felt this gave me an extra layer of understanding. Read It!
Ameera H.  Al-mousa
يحتوي على مجموعة من المبادئ التى ترتكز عليها القيادة الناجحة , في المشاريع والأعمال والإدارة .

يُلم بعض الجوانب والقيم الإجتماعية والصفات والطبائع الشخصية التى قد تُعد من العقبات لشخصية القائد في الإدارة .

بعض اللمحات أيضا فيما يتعلق بالقيادة ومدى تكوين علاقات جادة ومفيدة في مواقع العمل , والنجاح في التواصل وعلاقتة بأفراد العمل خارج المؤسسة .

يعاب على الكتاب كثرة السرد وعدد الصفحات .
Ginette Smith
Who would not like our political leaders to practice the type of leadership described in this book, especially in the contentious climate that seem to be the rule these days? As for the book itself, the constant repetition of the same ideas becomes tedious after a while, though I understand that it is a compendium of articles written for different audiences.
Jul 31, 2013 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Everyone in any type of management position should read this book. Actually, I listened to it...over and over...and then bought the cd. Simple, thoughtful and encouraging. I want to buy a copy for those who don't think they need it.
Jun 01, 2007 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Page 154: WTF?

"How do we serve and eat the lunch of champions (feedback) and then the dinner of champions (course correction) within the context of the breakfast of champions (vision)?"
Bright Mind
Jun 17, 2015 Bright Mind rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recommend every leader to read it. .it's very handy . great book Stephen you are the best
Carlos Graça
Apr 18, 2013 Carlos Graça rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
core leadership notions based on principles
Glen Babington
Characteristics of principle centered leaders
Continually learning - question self improving
Service orientated
radiate positive energy - be peacemaker, Hermosa or reverse destructive energy
Believe in other people - the unseen potential - don't carry grudges
Lead balanced lives- actions proportionate to the situation
See life as an adventure - have flexibility as a key principle
Synergistic - complement with the strengths of others
Exercise for self renewal - physical, mental, emotional, spiritual
7 Hab
Feb 22, 2017 Muhammad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
فى الحقيقة لم أكلم قراءة الكتاب لنهايته لشعورى بأنه مضيعة للوقت
إذا قرأت كتاب العادات السبع للناس الأكثر فاعلية و أيضاً العادات السبع للإقدام على التغيير بشجاعه لنفس الكاتب فإنهما كافيين لتتوقع ما سوف يكتبه الكاتب
إن لم يكن قام بنسخهما حرفياً فى هذا الكتاب
صراحةً لا أعتقد أن الكاتب وفق فى كتابه هذا الكتاب
Neil Coulter

I find it interesting how famous the name Stephen Covey is in leadership literature--because when I read his books, I find his writing drier than a caucus-race, sometimes trite (I mean, he has the "Give a man a fish" quote on the cover of the book!), and often repetitive. That was certainly the case with Principle-Centered Leadership, which has been on my shelf for several years and which I chose to read in small 1-to-3-chapter-a-day chunks over the past month or so. If you're tired of corporate

Dec 09, 2014 EB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This had good information on building a strong team culture (starting with you) by focusing on principles and not processes. He argues that a business (or any group) is not a machine with interchangeable parts. It's an organic system that must be cultivated like a farm. Leaders should focus on finding people's strengths and using those and making their weaknesses irrelevant. He also talks about the difference between management and leadership. I found lots of interesting things in it. I dropped ...more
Ahmed Hassan
Jan 27, 2015 Ahmed Hassan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بعيدا عن اني استفدت من محتوي الكتاب جدا وان بالكتاب ده ستيفن كوفي بقي م الكتاب المتميزين بالنسبالي جدا

بس الكتاب ده كسر بالنسبالي حاجز نفسي مهم جدا بالنسبالي اني خلصته من اوله لآخرة

الحكاية اني بدات في الكتاب ده وانا في مركز التدريب خلصته اول ما روحت الكتيبة وفي حوالي شهر وده انا مش متعود عليه

انا ملول جدا فبقرا الكتاب واوصل لنصه كده واسيبه واقرا كتاب تاني واوصل لربعه واسيبة واقرا تالت اقرا منه صفحتين واسيبه واقرا رابع واسيبه قبل ما يخلص بصفحتين وهكذا وبعدين ارجع للأول اخلصة والتاني واخلصة وكده
Sean Gilmore
Feb 22, 2016 Sean Gilmore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is directed to an all-inclusive target audience. It book discusses the principle-centered leadership paradigm as it relates to businesses and organizations, as well as to individual and family relationships. Any individual, from the CEO of a large organization to a newlywed stay-at-home parent, can apply the concepts explained in the book.

I would emphasize that it will be difficult to grasp all of the concepts from the book after one reading. Multiple readings will be necessary to und
Nov 24, 2011 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even thinking about adding a review of this landmark book reminds me of how far we have fallen since 2008 when it was revealed that nothing was real and everything we thought we knew was wrong.

For the pre-Bush/Obama Bail Out world of no moral hazard, this Reagan/Clinton era Covey classic observes that principle-centered leaders have common characteristics including:

* continual learning
* service orientation
* radiate positive energy
* belief in other people
* leading balanced lives
* seeing life as a
John Johnson
Dec 28, 2013 John Johnson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is really just a collection of smaller essays Covey has written, and it is not put together very cohesively. I read this as part of a study circle, and we spent an enormous amount of energy interpreting what we thought he was really trying to say (instead of what he does say.)
The ideas in the book itself are strong ones, though. If you seriously want to learn his ideas about leadership, just skip this one and go straight to the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which is far more cog
While it has a good message, I found it to be somewhat drawn out.

"Don't manage people manage things"
"Law of the farm" "Law of the school" (you cannot cram on the farm)
If you tell someone the methods you cannot hold them accountable for results

Competency- professional
Character -personal

To develop a competency, explain the principles

mission statements include these aspects:


paradigm is a way of thinking ,a map, if you changing your way of thinking is more impo
Finally picked this up after reviewing my notes from Synergy - the leadership experience I attended four years ago. I really like it in the beginning but then it got a bit repetitive at the end. I liked that it was divided into home and work section, and that it related back to the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which I think I need to read again. The chapters are short and more like mini essays so that helped with readability. But again it does get repetitive in the end, and I felt like i ...more
Spacek Kim
This book presents a lot of principles and ideas on leadership. Some of the principles may be based on experience rather than research. That in itself is not negative, however, can lead the reader to believe what is presented is a formula for success. In everything we do as humans we must interact with those around us. It is most important to develop relationships with those we work as that is how people are motivated to do their best.
There is nothing wrong with the lessons in Principle Centered Leadership. The book espouses a positive message about crafting a leadership approach based on genuinely caring about people, nurturing their strengths and working toward goals that are greater than just making money for shareholders.

But it gets repetitive, and some chapters focus on religious/family values that do not resonate with my interests at all. There are better leadership books out there, but reading this one won't hurt.
Jun 10, 2012 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a lot of tie-in with the 7 habits material, which I think is a much more concise and overall better book. This one seemed to use more words than necessary to make a point. I did find the 4 management paradigms interesting, especially the stomach/heart/mind/spirit metaphor, though I do find that despite the management approach, some people in fact do approach a job with only a stomach or heart focus, and nothing higher.
Glasspixie Pixie
I did find this book to be insightful. I found myself understanding why I had been dissatisfied in some jobs that were generally good jobs. The way people are respected and challenged is really important. I would have given it a higher score if 1/4 or more of the books hadn't read like a commercial for their training programs. That got to be really repetitive. The book could have been shorter and still gotten the same information across.
Mar 06, 2015 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership-books
A lot of ideas to chew on... and things that are already making me look at my leadership style differently. If I could do one thing differently that would make my business more successful, what would it be? And what is the job that my product if fulfilling in the life of those who purchase it? What is it's "task"... And how can I better shape the product to better perform it's task? hmmmmm.....
Jun 07, 2014 Sunny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
brilliant management book. talks about various management techniques you can use to excel but there is an excellent chapter of about 6 pages which talks about raising excellent kids. it talked a lot also about principles, habits, greatness, having a moral compass, communication, family life, management problems, expectations, org control, mission statements and a lot more. Highly recommended and will be bringing in aspects of this into my current project for sure.
Feb 22, 2011 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book offered excellent insight into leadership, power, and how we become principle-centered leaders. I highly recommend the book for teachers, business owners, and people who are interested in looking at themselves and their leadership qualities. This book was a part of my certification homework for Forrest Yoga.
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Stephen Richards Covey was the author of the best-selling book, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People". Other books he wrote include "First Things First", "Principle-Centered Leadership", and "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families". In 2004, Covey released "The 8th Habit". In 2008, Covey released "The Leader In Me—How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One ...more
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