- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (Nov. 29 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743287932
- ISBN-13: 978-0743287937
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 399 g
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness Paperback – Nov 29 2005
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"Stephen Covey continues to wow us with his new The 8th Habit. As the world's most respected leadership expert, he builds on the foundation of his bestselling 7 Habits and gives a pattern for life that is passionate, makes a difference and leaves a legacy of greatness."
-- Larry King
"The 8th Habit is a marvelous read, a triumph of the spirit and, in my view, Covey's most important work."
-- Warren Bennis, author of On Becoming a Leader
"The 8th Habit is a true masterpiece, a must-read. These principles of personal and organizational leadership, when lived, unleash human genius and inspire deep commitment and magnificent levels of service and satisfaction. This book will be my gift to all my associates as required reading for all of my future endeavors."
-- Horst Schulze, former President and COO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
"The 8th Habit will clearly stand as the crowning achievement of Covey's lifetime of service."
-- Tom Peters, author of Re-imagine!: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age
"Getting results in large companies is a very rare skill and this book captures how to do it."
-- Kevin Rollins, President and CEO, Dell, Inc.
About the Author
Recognized as one of Time magazine’s twenty-five most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey (1932–2012) was an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author. His books have sold more than twenty-five million copies in thirty-eight languages, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century. After receiving an MBA from Harvard and a doctorate degree from Brigham Young University, he became the cofounder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, a leading global training firm.
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The 8th Habit is simply to 1.) "Find your voice", which is the overlapping of your Talents (what you're good at), Passion (what you love to do), Need (what the world needs, even enough to pay you for), and Conscience (that sense of what is right to do).
And 2.) "Inspire Others to Find Theirs", which is done in your relationships & organizations, by following principles that expand your influence.
The most powerful concept in the book for me was that of "Moral Authority" which is when a person chooses to live by principles (like fairness, respect, accountability, mutual understanding, integrity, contribution, & meaning) in his relationships. Then as trust is earned, the person gradually becomes a leader of those around him by their consent. He has earned their trust and they freely give it to him without him demanding it. Like Ghandi when he said he would not eat until his nation stopped fighting, and they freely obeyed by their own choice.
The book outlines 2 paths in life which we all choose: Either the culturally-scripted well-travelled path to mediocrity, or the upper road to greatness. Since this "greatness" builds upon the concept of "effectiveness", this book is best for people who have already reached a certain degree of understanding & competence in effectiveness, and are ready to search deeper, to get to an even higher grasp of the unconditional worth of all people and how to unleash human potential.
I'm just a 25 year old medic in BC, with very little leadership experience. But if I become involved in projects which involve cooperation of other people, I intend to apply these principles and even buy a few copies of this book for those whose influence I earn, so that they may educate & obey their consciences too.
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