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BEING A LEADER BY STEERING ACCORDING TO TIMELESS PRINCIPLES
am 6. Februar 1999
This book is a very inspiring variation on THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE. While the introduction of that book emphasized the importance of basing one's practices on timeless principles, PRINCIPLE-CENTERED LEADERSHIP makes that point clearer. You would do well to read this book after reading THE 7 HABITS. A key concept to keep in mind is imagining being part of an organization with a perfect leader: To me that means someone who is more effective than I am in inspiring and drawing attention to taking the right steps that all people would endorse and approve of. We would all love to have such a leader. Surprise! Surprise! This book can take you a long direction toward being that type of leader, yourself. Think of leadership as a public trust, and the concept of what you should do next becomes clearer. This book is a wonderful antidote for all of those carrot and stick books that only want to reward and punish people in the B.F. Skinner model. Most business books on leadership are as out-of-date as Skinner is. What I love about business is the opportunity for a group of like-minded people to come together and accomplish vastly more than any one of them could ever do. When this is working well, it almost feels like a spiritual calling. I have also taken a Covey seminar on this subject, and recommend that you supplement this book with some exercises involving your own organization. You will learn a lot more that way.