Stephen M.R. Covey

Feb. 20, 2020

The American Studies Institute hosted bestselling author Stephen M.R. Covey for the spring presentations of its Distinguished Lecture Series.

Covey presented his lecture “The Speed of Trust” Thursday, Feb. 20, focusing on three main points — trust is an economic driver, not merely a social virtue; trust is the number one competency of leadership needed today; and trust is a learnable skill. A graduate of Harvard’s MBA program, Covey co-founded and currently leads FranklinCovey’s Global Speed of Trust Practice. He serves on numerous boards, including the Government Leadership Advisory Council, and has been recognized with the lifetime achievement award for the “Top Thought Leaders in Trust” from the advocacy group Trust Across America/Trust Around the World.

A New York Times and No.1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Covey has taught trust and leadership in 52 countries to business, government, education, healthcare, military and NGO organizations. Covey is the son of Stephen R. Covey, the author of this year’s Harding Read, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

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