The Evolution in Covey's 8 Habits
Gary Wong, Consultant, Canada
Yuvarajah: the 8th habit is evidence that Stephen Covey's journey continues.
When the 7 habits initially came out, it was about the individual becoming effective
. It focused on self (becoming independent) and the relationship with another person (becoming interdependent).
Next came the 4 roles of leadership
where the circle of influence was expanded outward to teams and organization. The four roles were:
1. Modeling (7 habits)
2. Pathfinding (mission, vision)
3. Empowering people, and
4. Aligning systems and structures.
The next logical outward expansions would be community, then society, country, planet, universe.
Now that you are "effective", the 8th habit is about becoming "significant" and having a voice that can be heard not just internally in one's own organization, but externally as well.