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Stephen R. Covey Quotes

66 Stephen R. Covey quotes:

"Once you have a clear picture of your priorities that is values, goals, and highleverage activities organize around them."
Author: Covey Quotes Category: Goals Quotes
"Most people think of leadership as a position and therefore don't see themselves as leaders."
"Management works in the system; Leadership works on the system."
"The ''Inside-Out'' approach to personal and interpersonal effectiveness means to start first with self; even more fundamentally, to start with the most inside part of self -- with your paradigms, your character, and your motives. The inside-out approach says that private victories precede public victories, that making and keeping promises to ourselves precedes making and keeping promises to others. It says it is futile to put personality ahead of character, to try to improve relationships with others before improving ourselves."
"Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall."
Author: Covey Quotes Category: American Businessman Quotes Efficiency 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."
"Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out."
"Live out of your imagination, not your history."
"There are three constants in life... change, choice and principles."
"A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships."
"Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character."
"We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice."
"Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly."
"Security represents your sense of worth, your identity, your emotional anchorage, your self-esteem, your basic personal strength or lack of it."
Author: Covey Quotes Category: Security Quotes Identity Quotes
"You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage--pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically--to say 'no' to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger 'yes' burning inside. The enemy of the 'best' is often the 'good.'"
"You can't talk your way out of what you've behaved yourself into."
"How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most."
"Win win agreements are tremendously liberating. But as the product of isolatedtechniques, they won't hold up. Even if you set them up in the beginning, there isno way to maintain them without personal integrity and a relationship of trust."
"To judge individuals before understanding them is a form of human rejection andfeeds upon itself."
"I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a transformer in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader."

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