The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen R. Covey

Last Saturday I highlighted Stephen’s Habit 3; that we should put first things first.

 “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy
of things which matter least.”
Goethe

Stephen’s habits 1, 2 and 3 are very individualistic: be proactive, be clear about who you want to be and take practical steps to become that new person in the workplace. Habit 4 moves on to recognise that we are never alone and that to lead others requires taking care of them as well as getting the job done. Good leadership Stephen says needs to seek mutual benefit and satisfaction for all concerned. Good leadership will help everyone to feel good about decisions and to be able to cooperate and play their part in the team. A good leader will not be authoritarian and always out to get their own way. Neither will a good leader lack standards nor fail to have vision for how to do things correctly. Moreover, a good leader will not be stubborn, proud nor vindictive.

Well Jesus obviously got all of these things right:

“though he was in the form of God,
(He) did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross”.
Phillipians 2 verses 6 – 8

Whether we have leadership roles in the workplace or not, every Christian has the call of God upon them to try our best to be proactive, creative and thoughtful in the way we relate to others. God has chosen us to seek the common good, care for one another, play our part in the family of God, humble ourselves and not always want everything to be done our way. As we work at getting this right we will find that others will be blessed and we will (as we read later in Phillippians) “shine as stars”.

[Andrew Pritchard-Keens]