Sunday, September 21, 2008

Who is one of Stephen R. Covey's Heroes?

The Stephen R. Covey community is doing a series of asking Dr. Stephen, and one of them is this question.

Q: Who is one of your personal heroes?

A: Mahatma Gandhi. 


Let me read you his personal mission statement:

“Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:


* I shall not fear anyone on Earth.


* I shall fear only God.


* I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.


* I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.


* I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”


- Mahatma Gandhi


They considered that as Gandhi's mission statement that eventually changed the world. 

Dr. Covey continued, "and just think on this, he held no formal authority. No position. Most people think that leadership is a position. It isn’t. Leadership is influence. The key to influence is what we’re talking about. You can have influence without position. So don’t be so dependent upon position or formal authority, but use your moral authority, what you know is right. Gandhi changed over three hundred million people using this. Today there are one billion people in India.

I love going to India. It’s a tremendous place. And he achieved many significant goals, but he didn’t achieve all of his goals. But eventually, it became an independent country with its own constitution and they could deal with their own problems, instead of having some steward oversee what they were doing and making judgments and setting up rules and regulations.

He’s one of my favorite heroes.

But you know what he did? He learned synergy within himself. He learned to create a third alternative: non-violent action. He was not going to run away, and he wasn’t going to fight. That’s what animals do. They fight and they flight. That’s what people often do, they fight or they flight, they run away. He worked it within himself until he won the private victory and learned the philosophy of his life. Non-violent action; a third alternative."




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