On Monday, the world lost a great leader.
Stephen R Covey lost his fight for life after being in hospital following a cycling accident in May. He was 79.
Stephen was one of my inspirations. I first came across him in the early 90’s when I was building my management and leadership skills. In a world where many people are looking for a short-cut methods to success, Stephen’s message was based on an immutable bedrock: Focus on your character, values, conduct, respect for others, operate with unflinching integrity. Have the courage to be extraordinary – not just of yourself, but in your ability to grow, develop, improve and enrich and seed greatness into countless others.
His best-selling book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” changed the business world forever. People talk about how his “seven habits” have been woven into the emotional wellbeing of multimillions of people’s lives – in almost every walk of life – from self-help to the corporate boardrooms of big businesses.
If you haven’t read the book yet, do so now. It would be a fitting reminder of a selfless genius, a man who gave so much and provided many managers like me the bedrock to improve their careers and their lives.
With sadness and respect
Head of Training
Originally published: 19 July, 2012