Habit 2 Begin With The End In Mind, Principles Of Personal Leadership, Leadership And Management—The Two Creations

Author’s quotes:

“Habit 2 is based on principles of personal leadership, which means that leadership is the first creation. Leadership is not management. Management is the second creation, which we’ll discuss in the chapter on Habit 3. But leadership has to come first.

Management is a bottom line focus: How can I best accomplish certain things? Leadership deals with the top line: What are the things I want to accomplish? In the words of both Peter Drucker and Warren Bennis, ‘Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.’ Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.

Efficient management without effective leadership is, as one individual has phrased it, ‘like straightening deck chairs on the Titanic.’ No management success can compensate for failure in leadership. But leadership is hard because we’re often caught in a management paradigm.

I’m convinced that too often parents are also trapped in the management paradigm, thinking of control, efficiency, and rules instead of direction, purpose, and family feeling.

And leadership is even more lacking in our personal lives. We’re into managing with efficiency, setting and achieving goals before we have even clarified our values.”

Personal comments:

Again, Covey has more to say about the topic of ‘Rescripting….’, but I’ve left it out since I believe the “meat” of the subject is included in this post.

I have experienced an incredible number of managers who lacked the ability to, ‘do the right things’. Caught in the ‘management paradigm’ they were unable to think ‘differently’.

Some quick examples from my past:

• My boss, who disliked my idea of giving employees new levels of responsibilities. Control was more important than employee growth and freedom.
• The staff member who spied on me, and other staff members, in order to gain favor with the CEO.
• Another staff member, who couldn’t tell their employees where they fell on the salary structure chart for their jobs, insisted in having salary structures changed repeatedly to avoid potential employee criticism.

I could bore you with many more stories, but the point is leadership is missing, in great numbers at all levels, in business, government, education, churches, families. Many who read this are sadly aware of it.


“Leaders are like eagles; they don’t flock; you find them one at a time”


Habit 2 Begin With The End In Mind,
Principles Of Personal Leadership,
Rescripting: Becoming Your Own First Creator

Author: maxbinkley

Creator of Leadership to the Max My experience in the military helped set the career path for me in human resources. After the military I worked for The Dow Chemical Company and left there in 1993 to venture out on my own. I purchased a small business, then a franchise then started another business in semi-retirement.

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