Stephen R. Covey, a former business professor, whose 1989 book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” sold more than 20 million copies, died July 16 at a hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was 79. He died of complications from injuries he sustained in a bicycle accident three months ago.
The death was announced by FranklinCovey, the multimillion-dollar business and leadership consulting firm he co-founded in his home state of Utah.
Dr. Covey’s books included “First Things First,” “The Leader In Me” and “Everyday Greatness.” He had articulated a philosophy that transcended business and spoke of the centuries-old human values of self-improvement and self-reliance.
Dr. Covey disdained what he called the “flood of trendy philosophies” emanating from the modern workplace and instead offered seven seemingly timeless maxims. They had very little to do with business and everything to do with character.