Stephen Covey. Simon & Schuster UK Ltd, London
It’s hard to know where to start with a book as famous as this. I had to read this book; I mean, literally! It was mandatory reading prior to starting my MBA course. I would never have normally read such a book, but I’m very glad I did.
It is the personal development book par excellence. It is very easy to read and verbalises a lot of intuitive common sense. But remember, common sense is not common practice!
I think that Stephen’s central theme is that there are certain truthful, absolutes in life. Adhering to these principles will always lead to satisfaction, whether at work or in ones private life. For me, it revolutionised the way I interact at work and, for anyone contemplating how to be an effective leader, this book is indispensable. I have also seen Stephen’s video of how children can utilise the ‘7 Habits’, which is quite astonishing. However, like many good ideas the principles need to be put into practice (made into habits) in order to work and, of course, that’s the difficult bit!