From late 90’s to early 2000’s, I have read 6 books written by Stephen Covey. This is the first time I am counting and I can’t believe it was this many.
Out of the 6, I own 5 of them. All 5 of them are packed away at my father’s home now. During my fascination in all self-help books in the mid-90’s, Stephen Covey occupied my reading time more than any other self-help authors. 7 Habits was good. Principle-centred Leadership was a less developed model of 7 habits. First Things First carries the emphasis on differentiating what is important and what is urgent. Living 7th habits are stories of people who has lived the “habits”, by 8th Habits I thought it was a marketing ploy to sell more of his books, yet surprisingly I have gained profound insights into this one. The 7 habits of Highly Effective Families gives an interesting slant on applying these principles to families which I thought was very good.
Today, 18 years on I look at the principles, frameworks and models in these books and think that most of them have become old news to me. This simply said what I have learnt from him has become embedded in the way I think, the way I lead projects, the way I manage and influence people at work. I may not be able to recite every principle off these books but I have lived these principles subconsciously… and that is the legacy of Stephen Covey.
4 days ago on the 16th July 2012, Covey died in Idaho due to complications from a fall, having lost control of his bicycle on a steep road the previous April. He was 79. I mourn the death of a teacher who has impacted my life in a positive way. Stephen preached about honesty and integrity leadership and has taken on helping individuals, teams and companies develop as his life mission and left a great legacy behind him.
Stephen Covey may have died but his messages and legacies lives on.
Have you read any of Stephen Covey’s books?