He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his stewardship, became the largest leadership development company in the world. Covey 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, he joined Covey Leadership Center as a Client Developer and later became National Sales Manager and then President & CEO. Under Covey’s direction, the company grew rapidly and profitably, achieving Inc. 500 status. As President & CEO, he nearly doubled revenues to over $110 million while increasing profits by 12 times. During that period, both customer and employee trust reached new highs and the company expanded throughout the world into over 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 then 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’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.
Covey resides with his wife and children in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.
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Leading at the Speed of Trust™
THE CHALLENGE: Today’s teams demand a new kind of leadership style: Trust & Inspire
Trust isn’t a quality you either have or you don’t; it’s a learnable skill. Teams and organizations that operate with high trust significantly outperform those who don’t. Teams and organizations led by a high-trust leader are more energized and engaged. They innovate and collaborate more effectively, operate faster, and achieve sustainable results.
THE SOLUTION: Trust comes with practice
Complex organizational problems that require a change in human behavior cannot be solved with the stroke of a pen, a leadership mandate, a training program, restructuring, or changing a system. While these things can be helpful, all grand strategies must, eventually, degenerate down to real work done by real people.
Leading at the Speed of Trust™ is leverage that dramatically impacts business outcomes through changing the performance of individuals and teams. This is not a separate initiative; rather, it is about HOW individuals and teams do their current work. Leaders who know how to create a high-trust, highly-engaged culture create the ultimate, long-term competitive advantage.
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