Effective Leadership:

Managerial Leadership

Principle-Centered Leadership

Building Natural Principles Into the Centre of Your Life and Work

Executive summary by Vadim Kotelnikov. Based on "Principle-Centered Leadership", Stephen R. Covey


Stephen Covey advice quotes

If you focus on principles, you empower everyone who understands those principles to act without constant monitoring, evaluating, correcting, or controlling.



Napoleon advice

Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.



Peter Drucker management quotes

A leader must set strict principles of conduct and responsibility, high standards of performance, and respect for the individual and his work.





Principles versus Practices

  • Practices what to do's are specific activities or actions that work in one circumstance but not necessary in another.

  • Principles why to do's have universal application; when principles are internalized into habits, they empower people to create a wide variety of practices to deal with different situations.

Leading by Principles versus Leading by Practices

  • Leading by Practices: all the judgment and wisdom is provided in the form or rules and regulations; employees don't have to be the experts and don't have to exercise judgment

  • Leading by Principles: requires a different type of and more training, but the payoff is more expertise, creativity, and shared responsibility at all levels of the organization

Principles-Centered Leadership

Four Levels of Practicing

Principles-centered leadership is practiced from the inside out on four levels:

  1. Personal: your relationships with yourself

  2. Interpersonal: your relationships and interactions with others

Your People Skills 360

  1. Managerial: your responsibility to get a job done with others

  2. Organizational: your need to organize people to recruit them, train them, compensate them, build teams, solve problems, and create aligned structure, strategy and systems

12 Effective Leadership Roles

Principle-Centered Leaders Defined

Principle-centered leaders are men and women of character who work on the basis of natural principles and build those principles into the center of their lives, into the center of their relationships with others, into the center of their agreements and contracts, into their management processes, and into their mission statements.

 Major Leadership Schools: Correlation

New Paradigm

Responding to classic dilemmas of modern living, principle-centered leadership presents a new way of thinking that is to help you to:

  • achieve and maintain a wise and renewing balance between work and family, personal and professional ambitions, in the middle of constant crises and pressures

Life-Business Synergy

  • adhere to simplicity in the thick of increasing complexity

  • maintain a sense of direction in today's wilderness, where well-developed road maps (strategies and plans) are rendered useless by rapid change that often hits you from the blind side

  • look at human weaknesses with genuine compassion and understanding rather than accusation and self-justification

  • replace prejudice (the tendency to prejudge and categorize people in order to manipulate them) with a sense of reverence and discovery in order to promote learning, achievement, and excellence in people

  • get empowered (and empower other people) with confidence and competence to solve problems and seize opportunities    without being or fearing loose cannons

Entrepreneurial Leader: 4 Specific Attributes

  • encourage the desire to change and improve without creating more pain from the gain

  • become a contributing member of a complementary team based on mutual respect and the valuing of diversity and pluralism

  • know where to start, when and how to recharge your batteries to maintain momentum for learning, growing and improving.

Inspirational Leader: 10 Roles

18 Leadership Lessons from Colin Powell

  • By treating everyone equally "nicely" regardless of their contributions, you'll simply ensure that the only people you'll wind up angering are the most creative and productive people in the organization.

  • Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing. In well-run organizations, titles are also pretty meaningless. But titles mean little in terms of real power, which is the capacity to influence and inspire.... More

Develop a Clear Vision

The one quality that all leaders have in common is that they have a clear and exciting vision for the future. This is something that only the leader can do. Only the leader can think about the future and plan for the future each day.