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7 Powerful Habits for Leaders

This is a summary of the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.


Habit 1: Be Proactive

Your life is a product of your decisions, take responsibility, you have the freedom to choose your own fate/path, opposite is reactive.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

Mental image of where you want to end up, purpose, vision and mission

Habit 3: Put First Things First

Prioritise based on your vision, mission and purpose in habit 2. Opposite is to put second, third or fourth things first


Habit 4: Think Win-Win

Think of mutual benefit. It come from the principle of abundance - there is plenty out there and spare, so don't be threatened by the strength of other people and share your knowledge freely.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Understand first before acting or judging.

Habit 6: Synergise

Creative cooperation. The key principle behind this is that 1+1 > 2. Also, valuing and celebrating differences.

Continuous Improvements

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Renews each of the other six habits. It covers all four areas - physical, spiritual, mental and social emotional.

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