Earlier this week, the world lost a great man.
Stephen Covey wrote a little book called “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. 20+ years later, that one book has had a profound effect on so many people.
I am one of them.
I was first introduced to the idea of leadership as an academic school of thought and learning when I returned to school to complete my degree a few years ago. We started with “The 8th Habit”. It was a basis for the leadership course we covered. It drew me to “7 Habits…” and other related material.
Just working on organized thoughts in this field inspired me to want to continue to pursue my education through the graduate level. My wife thinks I enjoy school. I don’t. But any subject that makes me want to go back for more must be holding my interest. It is something I could take and run with.
Later, after getting married and accepting a job teaching, I realized it wasn’t just about leadership. It was about being a good person. It was about being responsible. I petitioned the second year I taught to get my school to purchase a set of the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens”, a publication from Covey’s son. I felt that the teaching contained within the book would be a positive experience for my students.
Today, in a leadership position in my current job, I seek to take the same approaches I’ve learned from Covey and others in this field.
While there are plenty of academic minds in this area, no doubt most, if not all, would consider Covey the godfather of this train of thought. While he may be gone, he’s left a wonderful example for everyone to follow that wishes.