Stephen M. R. Covey

Stephen M. R. Covey is a cofounder of CoveyLink and the FranklinCovey Global Speed of Trust Practice. A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and adviser on trust, leadership, ethics, sales, and high performance, he speaks to audiences around the world. He is the New York Times and number one Wall Street Journal best-selling author of The Speed of Trust, a groundbreaking, paradigm-shifting book that challenges our age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and instead demonstrates that it is a hard-edged economic driver—a learnable, measurable skill that makes organizations more profitable, people more promotable, and relationships more energizing. He advocates that nothing is as fast as the speed of trust and that the ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders is the critical leadership competency of the new global economy. Covey passionately delivers that message and is skilled in enabling leaders and organizations to experience the dividends of high trust. Audiences and organizations alike resonate with his insightful, relevant approach to real-time issues that affect their immediate and long-term performance.

He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his stewardship, became the largest leadership development company in the world. Covey, with Greg Link, led the strategy that propelled his father’s book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to be one of the two most influential business books of the twentieth century, according to CEO Magazine. A Harvard MBA, he joined Covey Leadership Center as a Client Developer and later became National Sales Manager and then President and CEO. Under Covey’s direction, the company grew rapidly and profitably, achieving Inc. 500 status. As President and CEO, he nearly doubled revenues to over $110 million while increasing profits twelvefold. During that period, both customer and employee trust reached new highs and the company expanded throughout the world into more than 40 countries. This greatly increased the value of the brand and company. The company was valued at only $2.4 million when Covey was named CEO, and, within three years, he grew shareholder value to $160 million in a merger he orchestrated with Franklin Quest to form FranklinCovey.

Over the years, Covey has gained considerable respect and influence with executives and leaders of Fortune 500 companies as well as with mid- and small-sized private-sector and public-sector organizations he has consulted with. Clients recognize his unique perspective on real-world organizational issues based on his practical experience as a former CEO.

Covey currently serves on the board or advisory board of several entities. He resides with his wife and children in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.

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"Stephen M. R. Covey delighted the audience of 1300, students, faculty, business and community leaders at our Daniel’s Business School speakers series at Denver University. The Speed of Trust topic is extraordinarily relevant and Stephen brought it alive in a riveting and inspiring style. Reactions to both Stephen and his message have been extremely positive."
-Dr. Christine Riordan, Dean, Daniels College of Business, Denver University

"Want to be an irresistible positive force? Combine personal responsibility with compassion and respect for others. Want to know how to do this perfectly? Read The Speed of Trust."
-Dr. Laura Schlessinger
Internationally syndicated radio host, Author of The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage

"As Stephen M. R. Covey put it in The Speed of Trust, ‘when you build trust with one, you build trust with many.’… That’s exactly what your Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen are out there doing every day on your behalf."
-Admiral Mike Mullens- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

“Trust is a source of stress in the lives of Americans. I am convinced that lack of trust is a friction that slows down the very machinery of life. Now there is much more insight as to why this is so. Trust to me is a fundamental attribute—if not the most important one. The Speed of Trust helps folks understand how they can make a difference in their own lives—[Trust] is the only way we will change this country.
-Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Mehmet Oz Show, Oprah & Friends Radio Author of YOU: The Owner’s Maual; “Ask Dr. Oz” on The Oprah Winfrey Show

"I'm especially impressed with how Covey has been able to elucidate just how powerful the role of something we take for granted—trust—can be. Keep your eye on him. This is an original mind whose assertions have made even the most pragmatic management and leadership gurus take notice."
-Newton Holt, Chief Editor, AssociationNOW, ASAE Publication