SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE
Truman Leadership Scholars have the opportunity to go through the Franklin/Covey Seven Habits of Highly Effective People training during their first year at Truman State University. Certified Covey Facilitators conduct the training over approximately sixteen weeks. The training involves structured presentations, exercises, readings, and videotapes designed to help participants achieve a high level of understanding and application of the seven habits identified by author, Stephen Covey, as characteristic of highly effective people. The habits are summarized as follows:
Habit One: Be Proactive
Highly effective people take responsibility for their own lives and actions. They do not blame their behavior on others or circumstances beyond their control. They focus their energy of improving those areas in their lives over which they have control and influence.
Habit Two: Begin with the End in Mind
Highly effective people know where they are going. They establish a vision for their lives that is consistent with their values and goals. Participants in the training create a personal mission statement that inspires them to achieve their goals and establish a direction for their lives based on principles.
Habit Three: Put First Things First The training helps participants to understand the importance of setting priorities and presents a model of time management to assist in scheduling those priorities.
Habit Four: Think Win-Win
Highly effective people base their relationships with others on the idea of mutual benefit. Although it is not always possible to achieve win-win agreements, it is always possible to go into situations thinking win-win. The training focuses on the components of win-win agreements and the importance of basing relationships on mutual respect.
Habit Five: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People training helps participants to develop listening and other interpersonal communication skills. Training helps participants to understand that you must listen carefully to accurately assess issues and to develop productive relationships with others.
Habit Six: Synergize
When one goes into relationships with a think win-win attitude and with the ability to understand and then to be understood, one develops relationships that often result in synergy. Synergy means that groups are able to produce results that are more valuable than what any individual can produce alone.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Highly effective people take time to renew themselves and to achieve a healthy balance in their lives. By renewing in several critical areas, highly effective people are able to achieve more and to be more satisfied with their lives and themselves.