Books by Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey Books

Stephen Covey was an American educator, author, and motivational speaker, renowned for his expertise in personal and professional effectiveness. His influential book, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," offers a holistic approach to personal development, emphasizing principles and habits for achieving success and fulfillment in both personal and professional aspects of life.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

4.7
17 398 ratings
Recommended by: Mr. Beast, Rob Dyrdek, Jim Kwik

The book is a guide to unlocking personal and professional effectiveness, capturing the seven transitional habits for the aspirational individual on their journey of growth taking one from dependence to independence through self-mastery, finally, to interdependence in excelling within collaborative environments. Proactive behavior, envisioning your ultimate objectives, prioritizing what really counts, fostering mutually satisfying relationships, listening empathetically, creating synergistic teamwork, and perpetually self-renewing make up what the journey is about in the first place. Targeted at empowering the reader to attain grace in dealing with life challenges that might come their way to sustainably live a successful and fulfilling purpose-driven life.

One of the best self-help books of all time.

First Things First

4.6
1 602 ratings
Recommended by: Lewis Howes

It displaces the emphasis on the clock to the compass, proposing a transformational way of handling time. This book will challenge you to order your priorities not in regard to what is urgent, but in regard to what is really important, bringing your actions in line with your innermost values. It brings a principle-centered framework to help the reader handle the demands of daily living while focusing on relationships and results and not schedules and tasks. It really redefines productivity as it takes the reader through a path that shows him or her more meaningful achievement leading to a balanced life. Perfect for anyone looking to live more mindfully, with meaning and purpose, this book provides practical tools and insights for how to spend your time and life.

The 8th Habit

4.6
1 285 ratings

Building on the 7 Habits, Covey presents finding your "voice" and helping others find theirs as the next essential habit. He emphasizes exercising vision, discipline, passion and conscience to powerfully lead organizational and societal change.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families

4.7
867 ratings

Applying the principles of his 7 Habits framework, Covey provides insightful advice and practical strategies for building a strong family culture rooted in mutual understanding, shared vision, and aligned values. These habits empower families to effectively navigate any challenges while fostering bonds of love and commitment through improved communication and interpersonal skills.

The Leader in Me

4.6
693 ratings

Covey introduces a comprehensive, whole-school model for integrating the principles of leadership, accountability, and personal development into the educational experience. His approach aims to equip students with vital mindsets and skillsets like proactivity, goal-setting, teamwork and emotional intelligence to unleash their full human potential.

Principle Centered Leadership

4.5
609 ratings

Covey outlines a philosophy of leadership based on timeless, universal principles like integrity, human dignity and continuous growth. He provides a compass for developing character and competence to inspire trust, unleash potential, and positively impacting individuals and organizations.

The 3rd Alternative

4.5
280 ratings

This book presents a powerful paradigm for transcending typical compromise situations to achieve vastly superior solutions. Covey demonstrates how applying higher-level integration strategies and collaborating authentically with key stakeholders can create innovative "3rd alternatives" to resolve conflicts in a mutually beneficial manner.

Primary Greatness

4.7
157 ratings

Covey focuses on discovering what he terms "primary greatness" - knowing your pure, intrinsic human identity and living congruently with your innate, unchanging values. He contrasts this with society's obsession with accumulating symbolic "secondary" achievements and possessions.

The Divine Center

4.7
150 ratings

One of Covey's final works delving into universal principles for living an internally-driven, principle-centered life in harmony with your "divine center" of security, wisdom, and inherent worth independent of external circumstances.

Great Work Great Career

4.3
121 ratings

Covey explores how finding the right career path and doing work aligned with your values leads to greater engagement and thriving. He guides readers through self-assessment, visioning your "smash hit," planning action steps, and persisting through inevitable challenges.

Spiritual roots of human relations

4.9
45 ratings

An insightful early work exploring how universal, ethical principles form the foundational roots for developing strong relationships, leadership abilities, and overall effectiveness across all areas of life. Covey examines the spiritual dimensions underlying true success.

Stephen Covey books in order

List of books by Stephen R. Covey with the year of publication of the books.

  • 1970 – Spiritual Roots of Human Relations.
  • 1971 – How to Succeed with People.
  • 1982 – The Divine Center.
  • 1989 – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
  • 1989 – Principle Centered Leadership.
  • 1994 – First Things First.
  • 1997 – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families.
  • 2000 – Living the 7 Habits.
  • 2004 – 6 Events: The Restoration Model for Solving Life's Problems.
  • 2004 – The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness.
  • 2006 – The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything.
  • 2008 – The Leader in Me.
  • 2009 – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Network Marketing Professionals.
  • 2011 – The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems.