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Force of Habit

Here's one leadership rut you don't want to get out of.

This story appears in the February 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Fifteen years and 15 million copies after The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey reveals the next phase of his program in The 8th Habit (Free Press, $26). The eighth habit is to "Find Your Voice and Inspire Others to Find Theirs." Because this book deals with leadership, it will appeal to entrepreneurs.

Business leaders will find a particularly relevant chapter on aligning organizational goals and systems to produce results. Covey's approach to this and other such leadership challenges is to advise executives to model the desired behavior rather than simply telling others how to behave. This is not a manual for manipulators. It's a guidebook for those who dream of leading by example.

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