Wednesday, 18 July 2012

“Stephen R. Covey (1932-2012) – A Leadership Legend” - Professor M.S.Rao

"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.” - Benjamin Franklin

It is very sad to hear the passing away of Stephen R. Covey, the educator, author, consultant, and a leadership legend.  His death is shock to me, and I could not digest the news of his death. I read some of his famous books including ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’.  He is one of the rarest leadership legends who contributed immensely to the area of leadership development.  Here are some of his achievements:

  • Earned his B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Utah.
  • Earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.
  • Earned his PhD from Brigham Young University.
  • Earned ten honorary doctorates.
  • Received the Fatherhood Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative.

He wrote a number of books but it is the groundbreaking, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People that drew global attention and brought him fame. It sold more than 25 million books in 38 languages globally. The book spent five years on the New York Times bestseller list and began a number of sequels, including his 2004 title, “The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness.”  He also authored, “The 3rd Alternative” which was published in 2011. He pioneered “Principle-Centered Leadership” along with Ken Shelton, the editor of Leadership Excellence.  He was recognized in 1996 as one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans, and was named among the world’s top 50 business thinkers in 2011 by Thinkers50, a group that compiles that list every other year.

I express my condolences on his death.  He is physically no more but his principles are timeless, and continue to inspire future generations.

“Life is a mission and not a career, and the purpose of all our education and knowledge is so that we can better represent Him and serve that mission of life in His name and toward His purposes.” – Stephen L. Richard, grandfather of Stephen R. Covey.

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