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Principle Centered Leadership

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How do we as individuals and organizations survive and thrive amid tremendous change? Why are efforts to improve falling so short in real results despite the millions of dollars in time, capital, and human effort being spent on them? How do we unleash the creativity, talent, and energy within ourselves and others in the midst of pressure? Is it realistic to believe that ba...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Free Press (first published January 1st 1991)
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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 .

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...more
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...more
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!
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.
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.
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)?"
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
Carlos Graça
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...more
Aaron Hutmacher
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.
Roger Corea
A MUST book to read if you lead people! It explains the difference between management and leadership and provides a timeless philosophy about dealing with people in an organizational setting. Understanding "effectiveness" and getting results by being principle centered is the only way to lead!
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.
The audio edition provides a good overview, but a hard-copy is recommended for highlighting and note-taking. There's A LOT of introduction / foundation (3/4's to 7/8's of the book) followed by a very hurried application segment.
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...more
Excellent book for anyone in a position of leadership. Should be required reading before you can enter into a leadership position.
John Leinweber
good read on leadership. If we all decided the principles that would lead us, we could once again be great.
I kind of think all of Covey's books after 7 Habits were just regurgitations of the original.
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...more
Fernando Perez
This book and its ideas help me a lot in the time I read it.
Brenna Ellis
Great book with concepts that can be applied to personal and professional settings. It was repetitive but in a (I thought) useful manner.
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
Ehtisham Ul
want 2 read........
John Johnson
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...more
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.
Feb 11, 2014 Laura marked it as to-read
Ditching this book for now in favor of another one that I'm liking better. May pick this one up again later on.
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.
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.
Abe Hanara
I bought the audio book of this piece. Amazing concept that is before its time. It is amazing how the concepts covered By Stephen Covey in this book are hinged on the thinking of the individual in power within management. The long term effects and sustainability in the corporate sector with take a long time to embrace these concepts, but it will happen in time. A great read (or listen)
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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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