Steven Richards Covey (1932-2012) was an educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker, and one of the most successful corporate consultants and think tanks the world has seen to this day. He was one of Time magazine’s twenty-five most influential Americans, and dedicated his life to demonstrating with profound yet straightforward guidance how every person can control their destiny.
He has sold over 20 million books (in thirty-eight languages), and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the One Most Influential Business Book in the 20th Century. His other books include Principle-Centered Leadership, First Things First, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, and The Leader in Me: How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness One Child at a Time.
In 1985 he established Stephen R. Covey and Associates which in 1987 became The ‘Covey Leadership Center’ which, in 1997, merged with Franklin Quest to form FranklinCovey, a global professional-services firm and specialty retailer selling both training and productivity tools to individuals and to organizations. Their mission statement reads: ‘We enable greatness in people and organizations everywhere.’
Dr. Covey was a tenured professor in the Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University, where he held the Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chair in Leadership.