Principle-Centered Leadership

by Stephen R. Covey

Hardcover, 1991



With the principles from The 7 habits of highly effective people, the author tells how to meet the goals of strong business leaders.

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LibraryThing member markdeo
Very good to have in tandem with "The 7 habits of highly effective people."Provides tremendous insight on human nature. Provides a great foundation for Management and how to utilize your people effectively. I highly recommend Stephen Covey's books.
LibraryThing member Mohammedkb
The theme of Principle-Centred Leadership is to become a leader by centering oneself on principles, values, and natural laws rather than on external centers such as family, money, possessions, enemies, work, etc. On this basis, Covey emphasizes that a man’s security comes from inside principles rather than from outside factors.

Covey dives into the nature of human beings and capitalizes on its capabilities to transform the team and the organization. He stresses the necessity of achieving the Private Victory on the individual level to achieve the Public Victory, which is the concept around which his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People are built around.

Stephen Covey considers mission statement the essential recipe for success in any leadership endeavor. He urges individuals and organizations to develop mission statements that will guide people and align systems and procedures to achieve its goals.

PCL (Principle-Centred Leadership) requires hard work and diligent efforts to give its fruits. Covey stresses the need to ‘obey’ and respect natural laws in order to succeed. He adopts the Law of the Farm as a metaphor to successful leadership; you can’t reap the crop before you seed, water, cultivate…

PCL enforces tapping people’s potentials and creativity rather than using them only as resources and assets. Involving people in creating a mission statement is necessary to get buy-in, else, you’re running the risk of losing talented people to somewhere else.

Although ideas and concepts of the book could’ve been organized more properly, it taps on invaluable concept that must be applied in all arenas. I recommend the book to starters and to versed leaders. I also recommend reading Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” before reading this book as it draws its concepts from those Habits.
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New York, N.Y. : Simon & Schuster, 1992, c1991.


Original publication date

1990 (copyright)

Physical description

335 p.


0671749102 / 9780671749101
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