Seven Habits: Habit #8 – Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs

#647    Seven Habits: Habit #8 – Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs
[1] Scripture
[2] Habit #8 – Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs
The eighth habit is “Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.” Voice is Covey’s code for “unique personal significance.” Those who inspire others to find theirs are the leaders needed now and for the future, according to Covey.
The central idea of the book is the need for steady recovery and application of the whole person paradigm, which holds that persons have four intelligences – physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual. Denial of any of them reduces individuals to things, inviting many problems. The industrial age is assumed to have been a period dependent on such denial. Covey believed the information age and a foreseen “Age of Wisdom” require “whole” people (in whole jobs).
[3] The book talks of “5 Cancerous Behaviors” (page 135) that inhibit people’s greatness:
People can discover their voice because of the three gifts everyone is born with:
– The freedom to choose
– The natural laws or principles – those that dictate the consequences of behavior. Positive consequences come from fairness, kindness, respect, honesty, integrity, service and contribution
– The four intelligences – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.
Covey talks about great achievers expressing their voice through the use of their intelligences. Achievers for example:
develop their mental energy into vision
develop their physical energy into discipline
develop their emotional energy into passion
develop their spiritual energy into conscience – their inward moral sense of what is right and wrong and their drive towards meaning and contribution.
QUESTIONS for thinking it through:
How could this clarify my Reality?
How could this benefit if added to my Disciplines?
Who needs to hear this?
[1] Scripture
[2] The 8th Habit , From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, at
The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness is a book written by Stephen R. Covey, published in 2004.
[3] The 8th Habit , From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, at
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