Stephen Covey’s Legacy
Posted by Orrin Woodward on July 24, 2012
The other day, I read of the passing of one of the giants of leadership – Stephen Covey. Although I will miss him, I am thankful he left a legacy behind though his many books and changed lives. He certainly changed my life. I was twenty-six years old when I read Stephen Covey’s classic Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Within minutes, I quickly realized that Covey thought about success and the roots of true achievement at a deeper level than the other books I had read on the subject. Desiring authentic success, I vowed to read and re-read Covey’’s book until the principles were part of who I am. Seven Habits went on to sell millions of copies as the book converted many pragmatist into principle-centered people. Covey’s life counted because he culled and coaxed truth out of the classics and captured them into his life and teachings.
Indeed the goal of the LIFE business is to take these principles and compensate people for sharing them with others. In other words, people are rewarded for blessing others lives. In RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE, I roll out the 13 resolutions that Laurie and I focus on living and teaching. In writing the book, I viewed Seven Habits as the benchmark because of how significantly the book changed my paradigm of success. I stopped viewing success as a personal objective and began seeing it as a leadership goal within communities. With so many great leaders in the community, the tasks of sharing, teaching, and mentoring has been made so much easier than if we had chosen to go it alone. I love teamwork; I love winning; and I love celebrating others success. Covey’s life work laid the foundations for a principle-centered life, what can we do to add onto it?