How ‘Principle-centered leadership’ can help us in our lives?

principle centered leadership

How do we as individuals and organizations survive and thrive amid tremendous changes happening around us in our daily lives? Why our efforts to improve fall short in obtaining the desired results? How do we unleash the creativity, talent, and energy within ourselves and others around us in the midst of mounting pressure at home or the workplace? Is it possible to have a balance among our personal and professional lives?

Dr Stephen R. Covey demonstrates that the answer to these questions and other dilemmas is ‘Principle-Centered Leadership’, a long-term, inside-out approach to developing people and organizations. Dr Covey offers insights and guidelines that can help you apply these principles both at work place and at home – leading to a new understanding of how to increase quality and productivity, and also to appreciate the importance of building personal and professional relationships in order to lead a balanced, rewarding, and effective life.

What are these 4 Principles?

SECURITY – our sense of worth, identity, emotions, self-esteem and personal strengths.

– Your actions are based on what you think about yourself – if you are secure in yourself .. your actions will be just, rational, helpful to others, motivating others, and will meet the common interests of yours and those around you or those affected by your actions.

GUIDANCE – the direction we receive in our life.

– Parents play a vital role in guiding us since we believe them unconditionally. In addition, you are known by the company you keep at the school or college or at the work place or residing area you are in. We are constantly guided by our well wishers as well as others at all times of our life. We need to analyse well and chose our thoughts and actions at all times.

WISDOM – a sense of balance, judgement, discernment and comprehension.

– with experience and increasing age, we become wiser and can judge situations well and take right decisions to enrich our lives in all spheres. Ability to rightly comprehend seemingly tough situations comes with selfless thinking so that we are not biased in our actions.

POWER – the capacity to act, the strength and courage to accomplish something valuable in our lives.

– faith in our actions and a greater degree of self-awareness coupled with courage leads to success through our actions. Those who believe in the ‘Internal locus of control’ have control over the situations they are in and do not let the situations control their thoughts and resultant actions.

These 4 principles are like compasses; they point us in the right way and show us the direction we need in our daily lives.


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