The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People

Author : Stephen Covey
Genre : Management, Self-Help


When people ask me the one book that has influenced me most, 7 Habits comes out as a clear winner. It has sold a whopping 25 million copies (top 5 selling business book of all time) and is consistently rated one of the most influential business books ever written. I read it, then did a full five day 7 Habits course in P&G, then was so impressed that I enrolled to become a trainer of the course and have since trained multiple nationalities in many different countries on this book. And, in every single training, the participant score is outstanding.

So what is about this book that runs so deep even after 25 years? First, it distills 150 years of leadership literature to understand the secrets of effectiveness. What is it that makes some people more effective than others? Covey purposely uses the term effectiveness (ability to achieve what we set out to achieve) and not success (that may connote materialistic goals) to show that we all choose what we want to excel in. The book guides us to move beyond the ubiquitous Personality ethic (the desire to appear good) to Character ethic (to be good from the inside out). He quotes Emerson: “What you are shouts so loudly, I cannot hear what you are saying.”