Stephen R. Covey was an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, business leader, and author who dedicated his life to teaching principle centered living and leadership to build both families and organizations. He earned an MBA from Harvard University and a doctorate from Brigham Young University, where he was a professor of organizational behavior and business management and also served as director of university relations and assistant to the president.
Dr. Covey was the author of several acclaimed books, including the international bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which was named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century and one of the top ten most influential management books ever. It has sold more than 50 million copies in print, digital, and audio formats in over forty languages throughout the world. Other acclaimed books include First Things First, Principle Centered Leadership, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, The 8th Habit, The 3rd Alternative, The Leader in Me, Primary Greatness, and Live Life in Crescendo.
As a father of nine and grandfather of fifty five, he received the 2003 Fatherhood Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative, which he said was the most meaningful award he ever received. Other awards given to Dr. Covey include the Thomas More College Medallion for continuing service to humanity, Speaker of the Year in 1999, the Sikh’s 1998 International Man of Peace Award, the 1994 International Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the National Entrepreneur of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Dr. Covey was recognized as one of Time magazine’s 25 Most Influential Americans and received numerous honorary doctorate degrees.
Dr. Covey was the cofounder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey Company, the leading global professional services firm, with offices in more than 150 countries. They share Dr. Covey’s vision and passion to enable greatness in people and organizations throughout the world.