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Principle-Centered Leadership

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  14,783 ratings  ·  152 reviews
Learn the powerful principles Stephen R. Covey has taught to many of the world's top executives and most influential leaders. Align your organization's resources and structures to increase long-term performance and create a high-trust culture - the ultimate competitive advantage.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Free Press (first published January 1st 1991)
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Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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
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
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 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
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
May 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Aaron Hutmacher
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 21, 2011 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it liked 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)?"
Bright Mind
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I recommend every leader to read it. .it's very handy . great book Stephen you are the best
Carlos Graça
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
core leadership notions based on principles
Michael David
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Don't get me wrong: Principle-Centered Leadership is a great book. It was among the things that buoyed me in an extremely stressful week, because even my pastime of playing computer games was marred with unfortunate disconnections and further tragedy.

I admit, it's so easy to blame others for their blatant mistakes, especially for a particularly rigorous game like DotA 2. However, most of us (especially me), are often too lenient with ourselves. We often like to push the blame towards other peop
Felix Alabi
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay I read this book just to improve my personal relationship with people and my intimate life. I actually found the book profitable and rewarding after spending a couple of days eating and biting its nourishing contents.

The book starts by emphasizing that everything starts first with you and we should never make promises we can't keep.

Stephen advised that you avoid some deadly sins in the world, one of which is looking for the get rich quick scheme. He introduced the law of the farm. The idea
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stephen Covey's Principle-Centered Leadership paradigm is a very good read. Yes, he's a bit repetitive in this book but I believe he did this to reinforce deep concepts. I love that his ideas are based on universal natural systems, principles or what his calls the "law of the farm" and not the latest sexy, quick fix or power-centered fad of the day. He makes the point that there are four possible paradigms focused on different needs. Covey's own paradigm is spirit and meaning-based teaches one t ...more
I listened to the audio copy of this book. It was read by the author and even though he has great knowledge, he is not a great narrator. The information in the book is easy to understand: create an organization, find people who fit your morals and ideals, get them to work together and create their own vision that is in line with your so they take ownership of it. The ideas and examples are clear and thankfully the book is short.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a Senior Manager/leader for 25 years, this was the definitive and absolutely best book I ever read to help me become self-reflective and intentional in my leadership practice. Highly recommend it to all those in leadership roles.
Noor Mustafa
محتوى رائع جدا ومفيد جدا ومهم جدا ولكنه تكرار لنفس الافكار السابقة في كتب المؤلف مثل العادات السبع والعادة الثامنة
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lots of platitudes which can be good, but difficult for a deep-dive of content.
Eric Holman
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A quick read with lots of practical steps for leaders.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Edy Chandra
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Different perspective on leadership
Michał Śmiałko
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Maybe in 1992 the book was teaching something meaningful.
Although I can't say I disagree with anything in this book, I feel like I haven't learned anything new from it.
David Calloway
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
good by dry
Salahuddin Hourani
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Collection of articles, and brief summarizations for his three top books: 7 habits, first things first, the third alternative
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Một quyển sách hay dành cho tổ chức
Neil R. 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 rated it really liked it
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
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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
“ماذا سيحدث إذا أصغيت إلى الآخر ؟ سيتغير الأمر برمته : لقد أصغى أحدهم إلى , وأعتقد أن كلماتي راقت له , صحيح أنه لم يبد موافقة أو عدم موافقة , إلا أنه كان ينصت , حتى إنه أشعرني بأنه يرى العالم كما أنظر إلية , وهكذا فقد شعرت أنني أصغى إلى نفسي وبدأت أحوز الثقة في نفسي” 51 likes
“Effective people lead their lives and manage their relationships around principles; ineffective people attempt to manage their time around priorities and their tasks around goals. Think effectiveness with people; efficiency with things.” 4 likes
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