Stephen Covey’s Quotes

Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.

Leadership is a choice, not a position

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems.

 Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.

 Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.

 Listen with your eyes for feelings. Stephen Covey Eyes, Feelings, Listen, Your There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.

 Three, Principles Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply.

 Accountability breeds response-ability.

 The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it.

 Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.

Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply.

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.

 Stop setting goals. Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them.

 A mission statement is not something you write overnight… But fundamentally, your mission statement becomes your constitution, the solid expression of your vision and values. It becomes the criterion by which you measure everything else in your life.

When you really listen to another person from their point of view, and reflect back to them that understanding, it’s like giving them emotional oxygen.

 Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect.

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

 You can retire from a job, but don’t ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life.

 In school, many of us procrastinate and then successfully cram for tests. We get the grades and degrees we need to get the jobs we want, even if we fail to get a good general education.

 Synergy is what happens when one plus one equals ten or a hundred or even a thousand! It’s the profound result when two or more respectful human beings determine to go beyond their preconceived ideas to meet a great challenge.

 When it comes to developing character strength, inner security and unique personal and interpersonal talents and skills in a child, no institution can or ever will compare with, or effectively substitute for, the home’s potential for positive influence.

The bottom line is, when people are crystal clear about the most important priorities of the organization and team they work with and prioritized their work around those top priorities, not only are they many times more productive, they discover they have the time they need to have a whole life.

 Between stimulus and response, there is a space where we choose our response. Stephen Covey Attitude, Space, Choose, Where, Response You can’t talk your way out of problems you behave yourself into.

You can’t talk your way out of problems you behave yourself into.

The more people rationalize cheating, the more it becomes a culture of dishonesty. And that can become a vicious, downward cycle. Because suddenly, if everyone else is cheating, you feel a need to cheat, too.

If you want small changes in your life, work on your attitude. But if you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm.

 Synergy is better than my way or your way. It’s our way.

 If we keep doing what we’re doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.

Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution

Every time you think the problem is ‘out there,’ that very thought is the problem.

 Principles are guidelines for human conduct that are proven to have enduring, permanent value

Everyone must be proactive and do all they can to help themselves to stay employed.

Your most important work is always ahead of you, never behind you.

The key is taking responsibility and initiative, deciding what your life is about and prioritizing your life around the most important things.

 Employers and business leaders need people who can think for themselves – who can take initiative and be the solution to problems.

 Reactive people… are often affected by their physical environment. They find external sources to blame for their behavior.

When one side benefits more than the other, that’s a win-lose situation. To the winner it might look like success for a while, but in the long run, it breeds resentment and distrust.

We become what we repeatedly do.

People and organizations don’t grow much without delegation and completed staff work because they are confined to the capacities of the boss and reflect both personal strengths and weaknesses.

Instead, I have an abundance mentality: When people are genuinely happy at the successes of others, the pie gets larger.

You’re not a product of your nature. That is your genetic makeup or your nurture, the things that have happened to you. Of course those things affect you powerfully, but they do not determine you.

For me, the essence of the great American Dream is spiritual. I believe that our Constitution is inspired and that it is based on principles that are timeless and universal. This is the reason why 95% of all written constitutions throughout the world are modeled after our Constitution.

 Mind over mattress.

 Live out of your imagination, not your history.

 I believe in this concept that you learn by teaching.

 We need to have business leaders who live by deep, strong principles.

Every time I see high-trust cultures, I see a lessening of adversarialism.

 Most people are basically a victim of the circumstances of their life. They have things like 9/11, they have terrorism threats, they have new war threats, they have economy problems, and they think, ‘What can I do? I’m basically a victim.’

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