This week we looked at Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and also did a personal evaluation of your own personality type. For this week’s assessment, take a look at each of the seven habits and in 500 - 650 words discuss how each habit relates to leadership and your own personal style of leadership. At this point you may not know exactly what your style is (that’s okay) just describe what you think your style of leadership is at this point. We’ll likely refine that assessment as we move through the course. Please expand your discussion of your individual personality type and tie it to your strengths and weaknesses as they relate to the seven habits. Finally, outline what you think you can do to improve your weaknesses in the coming weeks.
The first 3 habits (Independence) help develop self-awareness and the foundation of who you are as a person. Once these habits are mastered then begin building highly effective relationships with other people (Interdependence) can begin: habits 4, 5 and 6.
Habit 1: Be Proactive – “Leaders are not born or made – they are self-made”. We each have the choice to decide how to respond to circumstances and to decide how these will affect our life. We have the power to control where to focus our energy and efforts, assessing a situation no matter how challenging it is, and choosing to have a positive response. Someone who is proactive will not allow external influences to affect their actions. Based on my personality type ENTJ, Thinking takes precedence over Feeling and this rationalization is easy to grasp and achieve. I truly believe that we are the captains of our own destiny. I sometimes feel annoyed (not practicing my “proactiveness”) when people I care about (family or coworkers) complain about how unhappy they are in life and blame others for their misfortune. They fail to make the choices necessary to change the outcome. This can be an opportunity for me to grow and learn to be more empathetic with a different personality type. As a successful leader, it is important to recognize that every day it is an opportunity to do a great job and no one and nothing can stop you.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind –Discover the principles and values that are important in your life. Develop a personal mission statement with long-term goals based on personal principles in order to take control of your life. As a leader, you should not only visualize but also take action to make your goals happen.
Habit 3: Put First Things First – Identify the most important things in life and make time for each of them. Prioritize and then achieve. Self-management and discipline. This is a place where I can improve. It is easy focus on the urgent and unimportant things in life and get caught up in the busy things in life without being truly effective. I need to stop getting…