The Wisdom and Teachings of Stephen R. Covey (Part 2)

February 1, 2013 by  
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Stephen R. Covey, the well-known author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, passed away in July last year. He left behind a legacy of insights and teachings that continue to inspire individuals, organisations and businesses on their personal and professional effectiveness, leadership, relationships and success.

His most inspiring teachings and sayings are compiled in the new book, The Wisdom and Teachings of Stephen R. Covey. Here are some of our favourite quotes from the book:


You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, unapologetically – to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside.


In the Industrial Age, leadership was a position. In the Knowledge Age, leadership is a choice.

Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves.


Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education.

To know and not to do is really not to know.


The laws of love essentially amount to accepting people as they are, listening to them with understanding, respecting their feelings, and patiently and caringly building relationships.


Your voice lies at the nexus of talent, passion, need, and conscience. When you engage in work that taps your talent and fuels your passion – that rises out of a great need in the world that you feel drawn by conscience to meet – therein lies your voice, your calling, your soul’s code.


The first step in the synergy process is to ask this question: “Are you willing to go for a solution that is better than either one of us has in mind?”


If you want to be trusted, be trustworthy.

There are people we trust absolutely because we know their character. Whether they’re eloquent or not, whether they have the human relations techniques or not, we trust them, and we work successfully with them.


Correct principles are like compasses: They are always pointing the way. And if we know how to read them, we won’t get lost, confused, or fooled by conflicting voices and values.


Begin with the end in mind.

If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.


Win-win is not a personality technique. Win-win is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions. It’s a total philosophy of human interaction. It comes from a character of integrity, maturity, and the Abundance Mentality. It grows out of high-trust relationships.

Check out Dr Stephen R. Covey’s other bestselling books:

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