On July 16, 2012, Dr. Stephen Covey passed away. His legacy will have a lasting impact. For me personally, his influence is very significant. He changed my life.
I was fortunate to be introduced to his bestselling book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People“. I also took the associated workshop. Furthermore, I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Covey in person during one of his many speaking engagements.
Most of all, he made me think about what’s truly important in my life. What are my real priorities? And consequently, where and how should I spend my time. I will always remember his saying “that no one on his death bed ever wished that he had spent more time at work”.
His leadership theory and overall life philosophy are very much aligned with my own values and principles. He had a rare ability to deliver his thoughts and concepts in a very clear and engaging manner. It made them easy to understand and practice. The real-world examples that he used made his messages inspiring. In addition, he was a gifted speaker.
I subscribe to all seven habits. Some, in particular, I find to be life-changing principals indeed. Be Proactive (Habit 1), Begin with the End in Mind (Habit 2), Put First Things First (Habit 3), and Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood (Habit 5), have truly become my gospel. I try to practice them every day, in my professional life, as well as my personal life.
Thank you, Dr. Covey, for making me a more effective leader. May you rest in peace.