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Stephen M. R. Covey | Power of Trust (ep. 458)

Stephen M. R. Covey

Stephen M. R. Covey, expert on trust, leadership and culture, joins the Live Inspired Podcast with John O’Leary.

Stephen M. R. Covey is an expert on trust, leadership and culture.

As former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, Stephen personally led the strategy that propelled his father’s book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to become one of the two most influential business books of the 20th Century.

Today, Stephen shares:

  • The important lessons his parents modeled for him and his eight siblings
  • His journey to finding his own purpose while working with his legendary father.
  • The importance of trust, in ourselves and others,
  • How as truly great leaders, we’re able to unleash the potential and greatness in others.

Whether you’re leading a small family unit or a Fortune 100 company, this conversation is for you.

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  • It’s not what happens to you, it’s how you respond to it.
  • In the last 12 years of her life, Stephen’s mother was wheelchair bound yet decided to remain positive + excited for life.
  • “As good as he was in public, he was even better in private.” – Stephen M.R. Covey on his father, Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Stephen grew up with 8 siblings where he was the oldest boy.
  • Power of trust: When Covey Leadership Center merged with competitor Franklin Quest to form FranklinCovey, Stephen found his footing in being able to bring leaders together to build trust in order to achieve collaboration, innovation and engagement.
  • “The greater trust in yourself, the easier, natural and more abundant it is to build trust with others.” – Stephen M.R. Covey on how to build and rebuild trust.
  • “You can’t talk your way out of a problem that you behaved your way in to.”
  • With the ever-changing nature of the world, the workforce, work itself, the “command and control” leadership model is outdated because you can’t “command and control” your way into collaboration and innovation.
  • See. Communicate. Develop. Unleash.
  • People have greatness inside of them. Your job is to unleash that potential, not to try to control it.
  • Always treat people according to their potential, not their behavior.
  • “Leadership is communicating people’s worth and potential so clearly they are inspired to see it in themselves.” – Stephen R. Covey
  • Get a copy of Stephen M. R. Covey’s book Trust and Inspire here.

Did you love this conversation? You’ll love hearing Howard Behar, retired president of Starbucks. Howard shares how he influenced the growth of Starbucks, his tips on how to be a servant leader + why leading with values is the best recipe for success. Listen to Howard Behar on ep. 378.


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  1. Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
    A. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.
  2. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
    A. Wonder and awe.
  3. Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?
    A. My personal journals of history and notes.
  4. Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
    A. My grandfather Stephen Mack Covey.
  5. Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
    A. “Seek to bless not to impress,” from my father Stephen R. Covey
  6. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
    A. Don’t be afraid to be who you are as Stephen R. Covey’s son.
  7. Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?
    A. I lived life abundantly and inspired others to live better and more noble lives because of my presence and influence.