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History will forever remember Stephen R. Covey (1932 – 2012) as an influential Management expert. His book; “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is probably his biggest accomplishment, as it has been used by Organizations as a blueprint for management, since 1990 when it was published. This book isn’t just limited to management; it is an excellent self-help book. The ideas Stephen shared in the book can be used by just any one on bettering themselves.

The Habits Stephen shared in the book, are quite simple. The trouble however, is putting them to practice. These habits require a serious Paradigm shift if they are to be practiced. 

Stephen Specifically created this habit for Men and Women, who want to become more positive to life, live a life of purpose, create a balanced work-life, and excel in their careers.

Unlike most other management strategies which lays emphasis on authoritative ideologies, Stephen’s ideas are humanistic and of high integrity. Stephen’s methodology can be adapted to any area on one’s life; be it counseling, parenting, meditation or relationship.

The book has so much to offer. But if you don’t have the time to read it all, here is a quick summary of the 7 habits:

#Habit 1: Be Proactive

Being proactive lets you have control over your environment, instead of the reverse as. Self-will, response to external condition and circumstance, and decision.

#Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind

According to Stephen, this is a habit is needed for personal leadership. This is displaying leadership while you move towards your goal in life. To be productive and successful in lie, you need to learn how to identify distractions and avoid them.

#Habit 3: Put first things first

Stephen describes this as habit of personal management. This habit empowers one to implement activities in line with habit 2. Habit 3 needs to come immediately after habit 2.

#Habit 4: Think win-win

Stephen describes this as interpersonal leadership, which relies on people collaborating in reaching a common goal. He makes us believe win-win is the view that everyone can win, and this is a more productive approach than win-lose approach.

#Habit 5: Seek to first understand and then be understood

Stephen described this as habit of communication which is very effective. What he is trying to say is essence is; “diagnose before you prescribe”. This habit is essential if we want to maintain a positive relationship in our lives.

#Habit 6: Synergize

Stephen describes this as the habit of creative co-operation. This habit is built on the principle that the whole is far bigger than the sum of the parts. What he is saying in essence is; see good in whatever contribution a person makes.

#Habit 7: Sharpen the saw

Stephen describes this as habit of self-renewal which encompasses every other habit, being a major stimulant for growth. Stephen broke the parts into parts; the physical, spiritual, social/emotional and mental. All these parts have to be nurtured and developed.

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