Stephen M. R. Covey is a co-founder of CoveyLink and the FranklinCovey Global Speed of Trust Practice. A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics and high performance, he speaks to audiences around the world. He is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of “The SPEED of Trust,” a groundbreaking and paradigm-shifting book that challenges our age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and instead demonstrates that trust is a hard-edged, economic driver. He and business partner Greg Link coauthored “Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy, and Joy in a Low-Trust World,” which shares enlightening principles and anecdotes of people and organization that are achieving unprecedented success from high-trust relationships and cultures.
Covey 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 his message and is dedicated to enabling individuals and organizations to reap the dividends of high trust. Audiences and organizations alike resonate with his informed, practical approach to real-time issues that affect their immediate and long-term performance.
Covey is the former CEO of the Covey Leadership Center, which, under his stewardship, became the largest leadership development company in the world. He personally led the strategy that propelled his father’s book, “Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” to one of the two most influential business books of the 20th Century, according to CEO Magazine. A Harvard MBA, Stephen M. R. Covey joined the Covey Leadership Center as a Client Developer, became National Sales Manager and finally President and CEO.
Over the years, Stephen 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’s consulted. 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/advisory board of several entities, including the Human Performance Institute, the leader in energy management technology, where he serves as Advisory Board Chairman.
Stephen M. R. Covey resides with his wife and children in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.