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Stephen Richards Covey (1932-2012) is mostly recognized for his highly influential book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Covey enrolled at the University of Utah for business administration at the age of 16. In both the U.K. and Ireland, he spent years serving as a Mormon missionary. He attended Harvard Business School in 1957 and received his MBA. In 1976, he received a doctorate in religious education at Brigham Young University where he led self-help classes. In 1983 he founded the Covey Leadership Center, in Provo, Utah which merged in 1997 with Hyrum Smith’s Franklin Quest Co., becoming the Franklin Covey Co. Time magazine named Covey one of the 25 most influential Americans in 1996. In 2011, Covey was ranked 47th in the Thinkers50 list of the world’s top 50 business thinkers. He is also credited for writing a multitude of business books and being a successful educator, public speaker, and overall businessman. Covey died in Idaho in 2012 from complications following a bike accident.