Stephen Covey author of The Seven Habits of Highly influential people passed away yesterday morning peacefully. He was suffering from residual effects of a bicycle accident he suffered previous April. Stephen Covey was eighty year old and he was surrounded by his family in his last time.
At the time of his death Stephen Covey was a professor at Birmingham university. The book “The Seven Habits of Highly Influential People” was first published in 1989 and turned him in to household name in coming decade. 25 million copies of Seven Habits has has been sold worldwide since its publication. In 2011 Times listed Seven Habits in 25 most influential business management book of all time.
In 1984 Stephen Covey left the job of being a full time teacher to start a business organization covey leadership center. In 1997 Covey Leadership center merged with Franklin Quest to form Franklin Covey Co a global performance improvement organization which operates in 125 countries today.
In a press release chairman and CEO of Franklin Covey said Bob Whitman, chairman and CEO of FranklinCovey, said, “We lost a dear friend today. Stephen was one of the world’s great human beings. His impact is incalculable and his influence will continue to inspire generations to come. We extend our deepest condolences to Dr. Covey’s family, his wife Sandra, their nine children and spouses, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Stephen frequently referred to them as his greatest joy, inspiration, and most significant contribution and legacy to the world.”
He spent most of the time after starting the business organization his focus was on writing an teaching. n 1996, Dr. Covey was recognized as one of Time magazine’s 25 Most Influential Americans. He has written many books other that The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People but seven Habits became the Face of Stephen Covey.