To be a spiritual-based leader is to have these universal principles integrated in your inner life and to be true to them in your actions, even when it’s dark—when you have power over people and can do things and not be found out.
Stephen R. Covey
Practicing Universal Principles
Topic: Courage, Integrity, & Purpose
To be a spiritual-based leader is to have these universal principles integrated in your inner life and to be true to them in your actions, even when it’s dark—when you have power over people and can do things and not be found out. When you have that integrity, then you have peace of conscience.
Stephen R. Covey was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 24, 1932, and he passed away on July 16, 2012. He was more than an educator and author; he was also a family man deeply rooted in his faith. Covey was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His belief in God and universal principles significantly influenced his teachings and writings. Married to Sandra Merrill Covey for over 50 years, the couple had nine children. Covey's family life and faith were central to his understanding of leadership and personal effectiveness, themes he explored in books like "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families."
Covey was a professor at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University at the time of his death. But he was best known for his book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People." This book was part of a broader collection of works that also includes titles like "First Things First," "Principle-Centered Leadership," and "The 8th Habit." These books weren't just about being effective in business; they were about how to live a balanced, meaningful life.
Stephen R. Covey left a lasting impression through his teachings and writings, but perhaps his most enduring legacy is the way he lived his life. He emphasized the importance of character, integrity, and ethical leadership. These were not just principles he talked about; they were principles he lived by. His lessons continue to influence people all over the world, encouraging them to lead lives that are not only effective but also grounded in good values.
Covey, Stephen R. “Interview with Stephen R. Covey.” Globaldharma.org, Spiritual-Based Leadership, p. 7 [The Global Dharma Center (GDC), 27 June 2006, (bit.ly/2Kt9sZv)].
Stephen R. Covey
Theme: Moral Courage