Habit 2 - Beging With The End In Mind - The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People


Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

Leadership and Management (The Two Creations)

I had many ‘Aha moments’ while reading the second habit. I found the section on leadership vs management to be an eye opener.

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things” Warren Bennisk

Habit 2 is based on principles of personal leadership, which means that leadership is the first creation. Management is the second creation.



Leadership is top line focus; what are the things  I want to accomplish ?

Leadership is doing the right things.

Leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.

Management is bottom line focus; How best can I accomplish certain things?

Management is doing things right.

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success.

In a rapidly changing environment, effective leadership is critical.  We are more in need of a destination (vision) and a compass and less in need of a road map.

Proactive powerful leadership must constantly monitor environmental change, particularly customer buying habits/motives, and provide the force necessary to organize resources in the right direction.

Efficient management without effective leadership is like ‘straightening deck chairs on the Titanic’. No management success can compensate for failures in leadership. Leadership can be hard when we get caught up in the management paradigm.

According to Dr. Covey, when we operate solely as managers, we are managing with efficiency, setting and achieving goals before we have clarified our values.  Start the process of clarifying your values by creating a personal mission statement. (Read the entire chapter to learn how to create a personal mission statement)

This is a great article on change makers: https://www.forbes.com/sites/85broads/2012/02/24/the-seven-habits-of-highly-effective-changemakers/#12461aa16ea6


This video a good summary of Habit 2

Remember; reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Take Care, Constance