Analysis of Stephan R. Covey´s The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

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Stephen R. Covey first wrote the self-help book entitled, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, this book has since opened the eyes and hearts to millions of people throughout the world. After discovering the success that so many individuals encountered and still encountering, Dr. Covey decided to write the sequel entitled, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness. This habit is explained as, “Finding your voice, your calling, your soul’s code and inspire others to do the same.” What does that mean exactly and how would one implement that particular habit into the business world? It is simple really, that is if you know what it is that you are working towards, having an end in mind. With some direction, a foundation, and a…show more content…
The 8th habit focuses on one’s inner core, aspirations and desires, and one’s reason for living, one’s purpose. While one achieves their own voice or calling, one should believe in and encourage others to do the same for themselves. Understanding that not every person has traveled the same, maybe not even a similar, path that has been journeyed more often. During the research process I discovered a DVD in a sleeve in the 8th habit book. This DVD contained multiple videos supporting the belief and practice of the 8th habit. One of the videos that I viewed was entitled “Mauritius”, Mauritius is an island nation off the southeast coast of Africa. This particular nation runs the government quite well, in my opinion. It is the countries common belief and daily practice that, “It takes a world of difference to make a difference in the world.” This country has multiple forms of religious practices and beliefs, but yet, these different people coexist without major turmoil and animosity. They do this simply by knowing their common purpose, and abiding by a strong set of principles. Which in-turn, any effective leader, in any setting, would poses, actively practice, and encourage these same behaviors.
Stephen R. Covey, then later, explains the nature of leadership today as, “The more you can get people committed to a common vision, a common purpose, and a set of principles that they already have inside of them. Then the

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