The core concept in this book is very simple, and quite basic: to achieve success, we must rely on principles. This approach is summarised in the author’s "law of the harvest", that is, preparing the soil, sowing the seeds, weeding, watering, and monitoring the plants’ growth and development, until they fully mature, as this is the only sure way to obtain the desired result, in any context.
We often think of change and improvement as external forces that penetrate inwards, rather than internal ones that radiate outwards. So, even though we recognise the need for inner change, we usually think in terms of learning new skills instead of relying more on our core principles. Some of the most significant breakthroughs that are achieved are often the result of "internal ruptures", deep, inner changes that move a person away from traditional ways of thinking, resulting in true paradigm shifts.
Principle-Centered Leadership introduces the reader to a new paradigm, which encourages people to centre their lives and leadership style around specific authentic and natural principles. In this vision, to successfully exercise effective leadership, you must first become a principled person.