Unleashing Greatness featuring Stephen M. R. Covey

Unleashing Greatness

Stephen M. R. Covey is the author of Wall Street Journal #1 Bestseller, Trust and Inspire: How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others and The Speed of Trust, a book that has sold well over 2 million copies. Joining Dr. Jackson for a truly inspirational conversation, Covey believes that even though our world has changed drastically, our leadership style has not.

Most organizations, teams, schools, and families today still operate from a model of “Command and Control,” focusing on hierarchies and compliance from people. But because of the changing nature of the world, the workforce, the work itself, and the choices we have for where and how to work and live, these old rules of leadership no longer apply. Mr. Covey says that, “truly great leaders can create the right conditions to awaken the potential within a person” and that “they curate conditions in which a person can flourish. As a result, they see that person rise beyond every imaginable expectation.”

The 2023-2024 school year has arrived. For EdLeaders, even in the midst of all of the challenges (budgetary and others), creating and curating conditions where students, teachers, staff, and administrators all “rise beyond every imaginable expectation” is imperative. Creating those conditions occurs through authentic relationships building and deepening trust to inspire all those around us to greater heights.

Stephen M. R. Covey is a New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The SPEED of Trust—The One Thing That Changes Everything. He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his stewardship, became the largest leadership development company in the world. 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, according to CEO Magazine.

As President and CEO of Covey Leadership Center, Stephen nearly doubled revenues while increasing profits by 12 times. During that period, the company expanded throughout the world into over 40 countries, greatly increasing the value of the brand and enterprise. The company was valued at $2.4 million when Stephen was named CEO, and, within three years, he had grown shareholder value to $160 million in a merger he orchestrated with Franklin Quest to form FranklinCovey.

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