Monday, June 20, 2011

7 Habits to Better Leadership

We have been reviewing “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. Yesterday’s post on Sharpen the Saw or investing in yourself was the most popular post of the week so I wanted to add a few more ideas on balanced renewal. First, let’s quickly review the 7 Habits that will make you a better leader:

Private Victory
Habit 1: Be Proactive – Principles of Personal Vision
Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind – Principles of Personal Leadership
Habit 3: Put First Things First – Principles of Personal Management

Public Victory
Habit 4: Seek Win / Win Solutions – Principles of Interpersonal Leadership
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood – Principles of Empathic Communication
Habit 6: Synergize – Principles of Creative Cooperation

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw – Principles of Balanced Renewal
As stated yesterday, renewal is the most important habit for your long term 

success. Dan Rockwell – LeadershipFreak provided a great quote of Abraham Lincoln: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
What will you do today to sharpen your saw? I have provided a few ideas below and in yesterday’s post. Now it’s up to you.

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