TxDLA 2010 | Program | Dr. Stephen Covey

Dr. Stephen Covey
Dr. Stephen Covey In 1996, Stephen R. Covey was recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans and one of Sales and Marketing Management's top 25 power brokers.

Dr. Covey is the author of several acclaimed books, including the international bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It has sold more than 20 million copies in 38 languages throughout the world. Other bestsellers authored by Dr. Covey include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, with sales exceeding one million, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families.

Dr. Covey's book, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, which was released in November 2004, has risen to the top of several bestseller lists, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today Money, Business Week, and Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. The 8th Habit has sold more than 1,000,000 copies internationally. In April 2006, The 8th Habit was named Best Business Book of 2005 by Soundview Executive Summaries.

Dr. Covey's newest book, The Leader in Me: How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness One Child at a Time, was released at the end of 2008.
  • In 2002, Forbes named The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People one of the top 10 most influential management books ever.
  • A survey by Chief Executive Magazine recognized The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as one of the two most influential business books of the twentieth century.
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People audiobook on tape is the best-selling nonfiction audio in history, selling more than 1.5 million copies.
  • Over two million copies of First Things First have been sold. Simon & Schuster expressed the opinion, "...First Things First is the best-selling time management book ever."
  • Dr. Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families was released in October 1997 and is the No. 1 best-selling hardcover book on family.
  • 2003 Fatherhood Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative
  • Speaker of the Year in 1999
  • The Sikh's 1998 International Man of Peace Award
  • The National Entrepreneur of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership
Dr. Covey's organizational legacy to the world is Covey Leadership Center. On May 30, 1997, a merger of Covey Leadership Center with Franklin Quest created FranklinCovey. Dr. Covey is cofounder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm with offices in 123 countries. FranklinCovey shares Dr. Covey's vision, discipline and passion to inspire, lift and provide tools for change and growth of individuals and organizations throughout the world.

Dr. Covey holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, an MBA in Business Administration from Harvard University and a doctorate degree from Brigham Young University. He also has 11 honorary Doctorates. He has made teaching principle-centered living and principle-centered leadership his life's work.

Dr. Covey lives with his wife Sandra, and their family in Provo, Utah. He is a father of nine, a grandfather of 50 and great-grandfather of 2.

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