Venerable and beloved author/philosopher, Stephen R. Covey passed away recently, family at his side. He leaves us with many lessons, among them, the importance of relationships and gratitude in our professional and personal lives.
There’s been a global outpouring of thankfulness and appreciation for Covey’s inspirational teachings, which inform a host of business leaders’ practices. Here are top reasons why we’re grateful to Dr. Covey:
7 Reasons to Be Grateful to Stephen Covey
- Penned The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, a book that sold over 25 million copies and defined leadership for many.
- Spoke life-defining words, including what Forbes blogger Kevin Kruse deems “10 Quotes That Can Change Your Life”.
- Outlined a new leadership model in The 8th Habit, detailing the change from the industrial revolution era to the “knowledge worker age.” Management guru Peter Drucker—whose writings sparked Claremont (Calif.) Graduate University to launch the Drucker Institute—coined the term knowledge worker.
Covey argues effective leaders must treat these employees as full human beings rather than objects.
- Used his philosophies to raise his son, Stephen M.R. Covey, author of several renowned books, including The Speed of Trust, and essays, including How the Best Leaders Build Trust at LeaderShipNow.com.
- Inspired others’ parenting styles, including that of Laura Asiala, Director of Corporate Citizenship at Dow Corning Corporation. In her blog “With Gratitude and Honor of Stephen Covey”, she writes, “I taught my daughters the 7 habits on the drives north throughout the years to visit their grandparents.”
- Articulated ideas that guide and inspire leaders around the world as showcased in The Washington Post “In the News” article, “Steven Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”,
- Gave us FranklinCovey training resources, coaching, planning calendars, and more to help us live the Covey principles.
Covey’s quote, “Live, love, laugh, leave a legacy” appears web-wide, including Jared Brox’s blog, at RefreshLeadership. That’s just what Covey did, and what every business leader—hopefully—strives to do.
At gThankYou!, we are sincerely grateful for Steven Covey’s inspiration and will continue to celebrate his teachings and belief in the power of gratitude.
How do you use Covey’s teaching in your workplace? Which words most inspire you?
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