Habit 6 exercises all of the other habits together as one to prepare us for synergy. Covey’s description of synergy is that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” (Covey, 2004). Synergy is also described as the foundation of principle-centered leadership and the ability to unleash the strengths within people to make something greater.
The challenge of synergy is in applying it to the principles of creative cooperation in our social interactions. Covey illustrates the application of synergy in social interactions in settings such as in the classroom, in business and in general communication. In the classroom and in business, synergy is created when we have the courage to be our ...view middle of the document...
Other characteristics of synergy include valuing differences, in particular, the mental, the emotional and the psychological differences between people. Moreover, Covey describes that “the person who is truly effective has the humility and reverence to recognize his own perceptual limitations and to appreciate the rich resources available through interaction with the hearts and minds of other human beings” (Covey, 2004). Synergy is teamwork, developing unity and creativity with other people.
Habit 6 and synergy made me think of team work and how it can be a challenging thing, but when done right, better outcomes can be achieved. Often I think of how challenging team work can be, and after reading that good synergy can only occur with the use of all of Covey’s prior habits, I understand now the reason why team work takes lots of self-awareness and effort.
The Level of Communication model is also interesting because when I think of teams, it is formed by effective communication and trust between team members. People’s willingness to understand and be understood correctly by explaining oneself clearer is important to build trust.
The middle point on the model is also interesting because it happens often that people would rather be polite than start an ugly confrontation. This probably resembles the cultures in bureaucratic organizations because in such cultures, communication is formal and trust is dependent things such as a signature or by power. A high level of synergy would not exist unless there is creative cooperation which requires both trust and communication.
Someone Who Resembles Synergy
My best friend and I have synergy and that is what has kept us...