8th Habit

Topics: Leadership, Intelligence quotient, Stephen Covey Pages: 17 (4364 words) Published: September 7, 2009
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The Arabian

December 2004
Cairo Egypt
For Subscribers only
Editor-in-Chief: Nasim Smadi

Scientific Information Co. “SHUA’A”

Vol. 12 2004 - No. 24
Issue 288

“Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.”

From Effectiveness to Greatness
By Stephen Covey

What is The 8th Habit?
The 8th Habit consists of a two-part solution: “find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.” Finding your voice means to engage in the work that genuinely taps your talents and fuels your passion and discovers your most intimate capabilities. Your voice then becomes a metaphor representing the essence of the human being and, accordingly, you move from effectiveness to greatness.

That is the new equation for the new Information Age we are living in. Because effectiveness belongs to employees and subordinates, while greatness belongs to leaders and managers, leading organizations requires more than effectiveness. It requires that real greatness enables a person to lead others, not just lead himself or processes.

From Hands Management to Voice Leadership
During the Industrial Age, the most valuable parts of workers were their hands and bodies, whereas in the Information Age, the most valuable parts of employees are their minds and hearts, their integrity and even their cooperative spirit and team-spiritedness. That’s why it’s imperative that the management mindset must make the shift from managing hands

From Effectiveness to Greatness
❂ Leading oneself + processes = (requires) personal effectiveness. ❂ Leading oneself + others along with processes = (requires) greatness.

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and bodies to managing the minds, hearts and souls of the workers. That could be achieved by shifting from the one-dimension outlook of management (focusing on hands), to a four-dimension outlook in which the four basic components of a person: mind, body, heart and conscience merge as follows: 1. Mind: its basic need is “to learn”. Its highest manifestation is “vision”, to be capable of objective thinking and logical calculations, dealing with issues of science, learning, training and conceptual development. It can be measured with the Intellectual Quotient (IQ). It’s about talents, your natural gifts and strengths. 2. Physical body: its basic need is “to live”. Its highest manifestation is “discipline”. It can be measured with the Physical Quotient (PQ). 3. Heart: its basic need is “to love”. Its highest manifestation is “passion”. It can be measured with the Emotional Quotient (EQ). 4. Spirit: its basic need is “to leave a legacy” and its highest manifestation is “conscience”. It can be measured with the Spiritual & Intellectual Quotient (SQ). It’s about “conscience”, that internal voice or compass which confirms and manages the meaning of a life, the contribution of the person at work and the legacy he wants to leave behind. WHOLE PERSON PARADIGM

(IQ) Mental (MIND)

as no other hand can open them except ours. Those birth-gifts are three: 1- Our freedom to choose between stimulus and response: There is a space lying in our freedom and the power to choose our response. 2- Natural Laws or Principles: which are universal, timeless and self-evident 3- Our Four Intelligences: physical and economic, emotional and social, mental and spiritual

Stimulus and Response
Stimulus Freedom to choose
different alternatives


The 8th Habit and its Reverse:
Victor Hugo once wrote: “There’s nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” Such an idea becomes a powerful serpent that swallows whatever that blocks its way. It’s the same with the 8th habit. It’s time has come...
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