Stephen Richards Covey is an American writer, author of the best-selling book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in 1989. He is also the founder of Covey Leadership Center in Salt Lake City and Franklin Covey Corporation, a consulting which helps companies plan better. Covey holds a master's degree in Business Administration from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Brigham Young University. He had 9 children and 52 grandchildren. It became world-renowned with the book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, released in 1989. Covey instructed people how to become fully effective in life, especially in the professional and management context. But his books also emphasized family, personal leadership or self-leadership, the primacy of character over techniques, the need to build a foundation of integrity for our lives, and the importance of contribution and legacy. He was a personal consultant to former presidents Bill Clinton, US, Vicente Fox, Mexico, South Korean Kim Dae Jung, and CEOs of several US companies and the world. In 2004, he launched The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, the continuation of the bestseller released 28 years ago. Covey has sold more than 25 million books in 38 languages.
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