The 8th Habit From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen R. Covey


The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness in 2004 was a follow up, or upgrade, to Stephen R. Covey’s book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in 1989.

The eighth habit is "Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs." Covey's says that voice is "unique personal significance." Both books are intended to build leadership.

This new book adds the idea that people have four intelligences - physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual. His message is one of finding balance and understanding these strengths.

Covey’s goal is to help the reader find their voice in the first chapters and then in the later chapters show the reader how to help others find theirs.

People are born with the freedom to choose and in addition to choosing to be a leader and find their voice they need to choose to avoid the negatives that can hold them back.  These negatives are called the "5 Cancerous Behaviors”: Criticism, Complaining, Comparing, Competing &Contending.

Covey add that in the quest for these results there are natural laws that if followed will ensure success. Those laws have to do with the positive consequences that come from fairness, kindness, respect, honesty, integrity, service and contribution.

Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, is still a best seller with it’s strong focus on the principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity.


“people are working harder than ever, but because they lack clarity and vision, they aren’t getting very far. They, in essence, are pushing a rope...with all of their might.” 

When all you want is a person's body and you don't really want their mind, heart or spirit, you have reduced a person to a thing.”“To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground” 

“what is most personal ,is most general.”

 “No matter how long we’ve walked life’s pathway to mediocrity, we can always choose to switch paths. Always. It’s never too late. We can find our voice.”