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The Best Leadership Lessons are also the Best Life Lessons

Learning of the death of Stephen Covey has caused me to stop and think of all the things he taught me, either in person or through his books.  As a certified trainer in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, we dug more deeply into his concepts, and he was the first to say that his books were not a product of original thinking, but a compilation of years of research about what made people excel at what they do.  I was fortunate to attend one of his leadership weeks in Sundance and further learned that it’s about doing the things you know to be the right things, not always coming up with something new or original.  There is a reason that his habits were the seven that were chosen to be in the book…they are tested and continue to be prevalent today.

I think the habit that has motivated me most is the first, “Be Proactive”, the basic message of which is that I can’t control what happens to me but I can totally control how I respond to those things.  Many times in my career I have reminded myself of that and it has always served me well, whether I was dealing with issues in my career or family.

Stephen Covey was a great voice in life leadership.  I am grateful that I know his work.

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