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Principles of Personal Leadership

Principles of Personal Leadership

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This model is part of Covey´s story about the seven habits (eight so far) of effective leadership. This model tuned towards ´courage´ and ´consideration´ is part of habit number 4: think ‘win – win’.


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Principles of Personal Leadership

 

Background

This model was designed by Stephan R. Covey (Salt Lake City, 24 October 1932). Covey is living with his wife Sandra and family in Provo (Utah), home to the Brigham Young University. Dr. Covey used to teach at the university before he became successful after publishing his book called The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. He is the father of nine and grandfather of 50 grandchildren. In 2003 he received the fatherhood award of the 'National Fatherhood Initiative'.

In his book The Seven Habits of Effective Leadership Covey describes how to be happier and more effective in life and how to guide people more efficiently. The book is the result of prolonged studies into the principles of success. Until World War I success from a fundamental attitude to life could mainly be summarised in terms such as humbleness, integrity, moderation, loyalty and patience. After World War I success that followed from a more pragmatic attitude to life was defined differently. Success is measured particularly against personal achievements, skills and status. Covey substantiates that lasting success is possible provided you observe the fundamental principles. He summarised these principles in the seven habits.

Related Models: Drama TriangleTypology of CommunicationPrinciples of Effective LeadershipTeam BuildingPillars of CommitmentTypology of Knowledge WorkersCoachingHerzberg FactorsCoaching ArtsFace-to-Face CommunicationTrust EquationFormula of Trust

 

The model

This model is part of Covey´s story about the seven habits (eight so far) of effective leadership. This model tuned towards ´courage´ and ´consideration´ is part of habit number 4: think ‘win – win’. Below is the steppingstone from which we will slowly descend into the place of this model.

Covey´s seven habits are the following:

      Habit 1: Be proactive

      Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind

      habit 3: First things first

      Habit 4: Think 'win - win'

      Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood  

      Habit 6: Synergise

      Habit 7: Sharpen the saw.

This model is part of habit number 4: think ‘win - win’. In connection with this habit Covey describes 6 human interaction paradigms:

      1. Win/win: always strive for mutual advantage in all interactions

      2. Win/lose: if one person wins, the other will lose. Power, position

      3. Lose/win: I lose, you win. As long as they like me. Affects self-respect

      4. Lose/lose: when two people with a win-lose mentality face each other

      5. Win. No rivalry, only securing one´s things;

      6. No agreement. We will not be working together.

Now, which form of interaction should you choose? Is any form the best form? The answer is no. It depends on the situation at hand and what it is you wish to accomplish. The strategy, which you pick, can be tuned accordingly. After all, you hardly have anything to say about the person sitting across the table.

In sports competitions, you choose win or lose (unless a draw takes both teams to the next round … J). Try to build up your (mental) credit with someone, in which case losing one time might be a good move. See also ‘leadership style and conflict management’.

But what if you depend on each other? Then only one option is left: win/win! And there is   but one alternative: no agreement. But what is required to have a win/win situation? Well, you need five aspects:

      Character. Three characteristics matter:

  • Integrity. Be in harmony with your highest values
  • Maturity. Balance between courage and consideration. The respect/self-respect balance
  • ´Plenty´ mentality. There is plenty for everyone.

      Relationships: trust, a high emotional bank account

      Agreements: results, guidelines, tools, responsibility, consequences

      Systems: reward, training, budget, etc. Tuned towards win/win

      Processes: understanding the other person, focus on real matters rather than stand points, acceptable results, come up with options.

Looking at the maturity aspect you notice that this is all about courage and consideration. These are exactly the two variables processed in this model. It looks like these two aspects determine the end situation. This is not the case. All other aspects have a key role too.

The model does tell us that without consideration for the other person and without courage a win/win situation is out of the question.

 

How to use it

Find out which ´negotiations´ you will be engaged in, what you want to get out of these negotiations and decide on the strategy you would like to follow. If you plan to invest in (mental) credits because a much bigger ´fish´ must be brought in, think about the lose/win option. If one place, one job, one vacancy, your dream job is involved, then win/lose seems to be the only option. Be courageous, very courageous and never mind the other person. But be fair, always.

In many cases we can focus on win/win. Try to be aware of this. Respect the other person but make sure you are never overlooked. You too matter. If you know how to proceed, make sure the other aspects to secure a win/win situation are also perfectly worked out.

Good luck, and make sure you win, both of you.

 

Related Models: 

-   Drama Triangle

-   Typology of Communication

-   Principles of Effective Leadership

-   Team Building

-   Pillars of Commitment

-   Typology of Knowledge Workers

-   Coaching

-   Herzberg Factors

-   Coaching Arts

-   Face-to-Face Communication

-   Trust Equation

-   Formula of Trust

 

 

Sources:

       Wikipedia, 2011

       De zeven eigenschappen van effectief leiderschap, Stephen R. Covey, (EAN: 9789047054641)

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