Seven Habits
(Stephen Covey)

Knowledge Center

12manage is looking for students!

Leadership and Management. Explanation of Seven Habits of Stephen Covey. ('89)

The Seven Habits model of management and leadership guru Stephen Covey is a theory that is applicable to our personal life, our social life and our working life. However the Seven Habits framework is highly applicable for leaders and managers. According to Covey, our paradigms affect how we interact with others, which in turn affects how they interact with us. Therefore Covey argues that any effective self-help program must begin with an "inside-out" approach, rather than looking towards our problems as "being out there" (an outside-in approach). We must start with examining our own character, paradigms, and motives.

The Seven Habits of Covey

  1. Be proactive. This is the ability to control one's environment, rather than the opposite, as is so often the case. Managers need to control their own environment, by using self-determination and the ability to respond to various circumstances.
  2. Begin with the end in mind. This means that the manager must be able to see the desired outcome, and to concentrate on activities which help to achieve that end.
  3. Put first things first. A manager must manage his own person. Personally. And managers should implement activities which aim to achieve the second habit. Covey says that habit 2. is the first, or mental creation; habit 3 is the second, or physical creation.
  4. Think win-win. This is the most important aspect of interpersonal leadership, because most achievements are based on shared effort. Therefore the aim needs to be win-win solutions for all.
  5. Seek first to understand and then to be understood. By developing and maintaining positive relationships through good communications, the manager is understood by others, and he can understand the subordinates.
  6. Synergize. This is the habit of creative cooperation: the principle that collaborating towards attaining a purpose often achieves more, than could be achieved by individuals working independently.
  7. Sharpen the saw. We should learn from our previous experiences. And we should encourage others to do the same. Covey sees development as one of the most important aspects for being able to cope with challenges, and for aspiring towards higher levels of ability.

In his 2004 book: "The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness", Covey introduces an additional eighth habit:

  1. Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs. Striving towards "greatness", means to act with integrity as an individual and to help others to do the same. According to Covey, this habit represents the 3rd dimension of his model. Greatness is the overlap of:
  • Personal greatness. Applying the 7 habits in the forms of: vision, discipline, passion and conscience.
  • Leadership greatness. Applying the 4 roles of leadership, which are modeling the 7 habits:
    • Path finding. Creating the blueprint.
    • Aligning. Creating a technically elegant system of work.
    • Empowering. Releasing the talent, energy, and contribution of people.
    • Modeling. To build trust with others. The heart of effective leadership.
  • Organizational greatness. This is greatness turned into a vision, mission and values. This brings clarity, commitment, translation, synergy, and enables accountability.

Book: Stephen Covey: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People -

Book: Stephen Covey: The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness -

Special Interest Group - Seven Habits

Special Interest Group (369 members)

Forum - Seven Habits  

Here you will find interesting and educational discussions.

  Think success, then it will follow... (2 reactions)
Success starts first in the mind, all other steps are simply...
  Extra Habit: Enthusiasm (1 reactions)
I believe the world belongs to the people of enthusiasm. It ...
  Tools for being Proactive? (1 reactions)
How to effectively control one's environment in a proactive ...
  Habits inhibit Freedom? (2 reactions)
I feel the 7 habits inhibit the freedom to act spontaneously...
  I say : Emotion Clouds Reason (3 reactions)
Emotion clouds reason . To be an effective decision maker, a...
  Extra Habit: Setting and Achieving Goals (4 reactions)
I accept that the good habits are necessary to building posi...
  Implement 7 Habits Across the Organization (2 reactions)
Without effective communication, managers and subordinates h...
  Seven Habits: Sharpen the saw? (12 reactions)
What is the meaning of Covey's: Sharpen the saw?...
  Extra habit: Emotional Intelligence (3 reactions)
I think the best way to have a successful and influential le...
  Effectiveness to Greatness (1 reactions)
I feel being effective alone will not lead to greatness. But...
  Seven Habits: Reprogram your Mind
It's never late to learn and apply the seven habits of Covey...
  Accountability of Time and Workforce Output (3 reactions)
Accountability of time in comparision to the output of workf...
  Questions About Covey's Circle of Concern and Circle of Influence (Habit 1) (1 reactions)
"Because of position, wealth, role, or relationships, the...
  Covey's 8th Habit: Expression of a Higher Level of Awareness
The 7 habits framework can be applied as they are but the 8t...
  Extra Habit: Spirituality (1 reactions)
Be nice! Be good! Love is a powerful weapon against troubled...
  Could Working Hard be an Extra Habit? (9 reactions)
Can I add another habit: The attitude to work hard. I find t...
  Reasons for the 8th Habit (1 reactions)
Anyone knows why the 8th habit came about. I feel it has to ...
  Principled-centered Leadership
There seems to be an ongoing debate re who should come first...

Best Practices - Seven Habits

Here you will find the most valuable ideas.

  Seven Habits: Followers? (3 reactions)
I wonder, can there be habits for followers as well?...
  Stephen Covey 1932-2012 (5 reactions)
It's with great sadness I write that FranklinCovey Company a...
  7 Habits is Road Map to Personal Success (3 reactions)
Stephen R Covey's 7 habits should be a road map to personal ...

Expert Tips - Seven Habits

Here you will find high-quality advice from experts.


Seven Habits of Highly Effective Salespersons

Distinguishing Top Salespeople...

Seven Habits of Strategic CFOs

CFOs New Roles as Corporate Change Agents...

Seven Habits of Effective Aid

International Cooperation...

Write a Personal Mission Statement

Establish focus on who you want to be in your life......

Five Leadership Development Ideas

Leadership Development, Management Development, Coaching, Mentoring...

Identify and Develop Leadership Abilities

Leadership Development, Management Development, Coaching, Mentoring...

The Principles Behind the 7 Habits

Reflection, Coaching, Mentoring, Leadership Development, Management Development...

Why EFFECTIVE in the 'Seven Habits of Highly EFFECTIVE People'?

Stephen Covey chose the Word Effective, not Efficient nor Successful...

Ten Traits of Effective Leaders

Effective Leadership...

Resources - Seven Habits

Here you will find powerpoint presentations, micro-learning videos and further information sources.

7 Habits Presentation


The Habit of Continuous Personal Development

Lifelong Learning, Continuous Education, Continuous Learning, Personal Development, Professional Development...

Stephen Covey on Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning, Continuous Education, Continuous Learning, Continually Learning...

Steven Covey on his 8 Habits of Effective People / Managers / Leaders

Understanding the 8 Habits of Covey. Leadership Development, Management Development, Coaching, Mentoring...

Seven Habits Outline Map

Summary Mindmap...

Stephen Covey on the Speed of Trust

Corporate Strategy, Global Economy, Banking System, Leadership Development, Stakeholder Management...

News about Seven Habits Covey


News about Seven Habits Leaders


Videos about Seven Habits Covey


Videos about Seven Habits Leaders


Presentations about Seven Habits Covey


Presentations about Seven Habits Leaders


Books about Seven Habits Covey


Books about Seven Habits Leaders


More about Seven Habits Covey


More about Seven Habits Leaders


Compare with the Seven Habits of Covey: Seven Surprises  |  Servant-Leadership  |  Charismatic Leadership  |  Leadership Pipeline  |  PAEI model  |  Change Management  |  SMART  |  Path-Goal  |  Leadership Continuum  |  Theory X Theory Y  |  4 Dimensions of Relational Work  |  Results-Based Leadership  |  Result Oriented Management  |  Coaching  |  Mentoring  |  Situational Leadership  |  Leadership Styles  |  Level 5 Leadership  |  EPIC ADVISERS

Return to Management Hub: Change & Organization  |  Communication & Skills  |  Human Resources  |  Leadership

More Management Methods, Models and Theory

Special Interest Group Leader

You here? Sign up for free


About 12manage | Advertising | Link to us / Cite us | Privacy | Suggestions | Terms of Service
© 2019 12manage - The Executive Fast Track. V15.1 - Last updated: 18-9-2019. All names ™ of their owners.