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- Dale Farris, Groves, Tex.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
He starts by forming a simile: the art of leadership is like farming. It requires daily vigilance: planting, watering, weeding, fertilizing, and harvesting--in that order. If a farmer owns a cow, he doesn't just milk it when he feels like it. It is a job which needs to be done twice daily, every day. Managing (Leading) a business is exactly the same, at least if you want it to be done correctly. Many managers/leaders feel that it's okay to run a business on auto-pilot. This may be a fatal error.
Covey uses the same 7 Steps as he uses in the same-titled book. He also compares his 7 Step leadership methods with those of the great W. Edwards Deming. Throughout this book the author guides the leader/person to lead by example. To allow those he leads to be self-leaders, and to feel that they are of great importance to the company.
One of the major aims of Covey is to make a Mission Statement. This, he believes, should be done by all members of a company/corporation/family, etc.. He also stresses the age old Confucious saying, "Feed a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
I have a great deal of respect for this man, and truly believe he walks his talk. As I read this book, many of the concepts pertained to situations in my life which I was dealing with at that very time (a little haunting, perhaps inspired?). I highly recommend this book, as well as any other by this great human being and author.
Coveys shows us how to implement these techniques in the home and elsewhere and the result is we will be rewarded with happiness and a fulfilling future.
Prior to reading Principle Centered Leadership, I didn't think it was possible to successfully balance my personal, family and professional life.
Principle Centered Leadership is a great addition to Coveys classic 7 Habits of Highly Successful People.
I particularly liked the way Dr. Covey handled the discussion about the two "must have" qualities of any leader -- character and competence. The former of these two is often forgotten in today's rough and tumble business world.
While there is redundant information in this volume, I found it to have enough new information to be a worthwhile read. I also found that the way the repeated information was presented made it interesting to review. I don't think you can go wrong buying this book, it contains many worthwhile ideas and case histories to ponder that will spark your own creative thinking.
A second conclusion is that we need more of the Mother Teresa style of leadership. She spoke very little, rolled up her sleeves and just waded into the slums of the poorest of the poor, while my leadership style has been to keep at a safe distance and say "Hey, someone should do something about this." The big difference between Mother Teresa and me is that she lived the Golden Rule while I just mouth it. Principle-Centered Leadership is the book I was seeking to help me change from a talker to a doer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this is GOLD....a must reading for anyone thinking of a leadership position. I require this for all my students taking my leadership class. Wish Covey was still with us... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brad Johnson
Content is fantastic...should be read by all who wish to be a leader! Presentation/speaking style a bit "slow."Published 6 months ago by Robert F Hankel, Jr
Perhaps I need to start a corporation to understand better.
I've read one other book by Covey: Spiritual Roots of Human Relations. Read more
rating on behalf of my wife. we have probably read 50 different leadership books. Maybe more. This one just didn't resonate with her the way almost all the others have.Published 11 months ago by Dr. Chris S. Beckwith