Stephen R. Covey

Stephen Covey

Stephen Richards Covey (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman, and speaker. He is best known for his influential book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. Covey’s work has left a lasting impact on personal development, leadership, and organizational effectiveness.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Covey came from a family deeply rooted in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). His grandfather, Stephen Mack Covey, founded the original Little America Wyoming. Covey himself was an accomplished academic, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Utah, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a Doctor of Religious Education from Brigham Young University.

His most renowned work, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, has sold over 20 million copies worldwide since its publication in 1989. In this book, Covey presents a holistic approach to personal and professional effectiveness. The seven habits he outlines include prioritizing important tasks, thinking win-win, seeking first to understand, and synergizing with others. The book emphasizes character development, integrity and proactive behavior.
Covey’s influence extended beyond literature. He was a sought-after speaker, consultant, and professor at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. In 1996, Time magazine recognized him as one of the 25 most influential people.