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The 10 BEST Stephen Covey Books of All Time (Ranked)

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.
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Who Was Stephen Covey?

Stephen Covey (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. In 1996, Time magazine named him one of the 25 most influential people. He was a professor at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University at the time of his death.

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The 10 Best Stephen Covey Books of All Time

Why these best Stephen Covey books and not others? The best Stephen Covey books below are the top picks from my long list of all Stephen Covey’s books, ranked by a combination of Goodreads rating, number of Goodreads reviews and publication date. The aim is to surface what’s most loved, what’s most popular and what’s proven timelessly relevant.

Here are the 10 best Stephen Covey books of all time:

Best Stephen Covey Books: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleStephen R. Covey (FREE Summary)
Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
A perennial masterpiece on leading a happy, productive and purposeful existence and an unmissable stop for any pilgrim of personal improvement – by educator, author and speaker, Stephen Covey.
Published 1989 // 372 pages // Rated 4.1 over 590,700 reviews on Goodreads
Best Stephen Covey Books: Spiritual Roots of Human Relations
2. Spiritual Roots of Human RelationsStephen R. Covey
Published 1970 // 336 pages // Rated 4.2 over 900 reviews on Goodreads
Best Stephen Covey Books: First Things First
3. First Things FirstStephen R. Covey
An action-oriented time-management manual, filled with frameworks and exercises to help you do more of what matters and less of what doesn’t – by the author of the #1 book on this list, Stephen Covey.
Published 1993 // 384 pages // Rated 4.1 over 39,100 reviews on Goodreads
Best Stephen Covey Books: Principle-Centered Leadership
4. Principle-Centered LeadershipStephen R. Covey
Published 1991 // 336 pages // Rated 4.1 over 17,100 reviews on Goodreads
Best Stephen Covey Books: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families
5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective FamiliesStephen R. Covey
Published 1996 // 390 pages // Rated 4.2 over 8,900 reviews on Goodreads
Best Stephen Covey Books: The Divine Center
6. The Divine CenterStephen R. Covey
Published 1998 // 320 pages // Rated 4.3 over 800 reviews on Goodreads
Best Stephen Covey Books: The 8th Habit
7. The 8th HabitStephen R. Covey
From Effectiveness to Greatness
Published 2004 // 432 pages // Rated 4.0 over 15,800 reviews on Goodreads
Best Stephen Covey Books: Living the 7 Habits
8. Living the 7 HabitsStephen R. Covey
The Courage to Change
Published 1995 // 336 pages // Rated 4.0 over 1,400 reviews on Goodreads
Best Stephen Covey Books: Six Events
9. Six EventsStephen R. Covey
The Restoration Model for Solving Life’s Problems
Published 2004 // 284 pages // Rated 4.3 over 300 reviews on Goodreads
Best Stephen Covey Books: Everyday Greatness
10. Everyday GreatnessStephen R. Covey
Inspiration for a Meaningful Life
Published 2006 // 445 pages // Rated 4.1 over 900 reviews on Goodreads

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Stephen Covey Quotes

“Before you begin scrambling up the ladder of success, make sure that it is leaning against the right building.”

— Stephen Covey, Eat That Frog!

“If you want to achieve your highest aspirations and overcome your greatest challenges, identify and apply the principle or natural law that governs the results you seek.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“How many on their deathbeds wished they’d spent more time at the office – or watching TV? The answer is, No one. They think about their loved ones, their families, and those they have served.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Each of us has many, many maps in our head, which can be divided into two main categories: maps of the way things are, or realities, and maps of the way things should be, or values.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are—or, as we are conditioned to see it… The more aware we are of our basic paradigms, maps, or assumptions, and the extent to which we have been influenced by our experience, the more we can take responsibility for those paradigms, examine them, test them against reality, listen to others and be open to their perceptions, thereby getting a larger picture and a far more objective view.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“If you want to have a happy marriage, be the kind of person who generates positive energy and sidesteps negative energy rather than empowering it. If you want to have a more pleasant, cooperative teenager, be a more understanding, empathic, consistent, loving parent. If you want to have more freedom, more latitude in your job, be a more responsible, a more helpful, a more contributing employee. If you want to be trusted, be trustworthy. If you want the secondary greatness of recognized talent, focus first on primary greatness of character.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Dependent people need others to get what they want. Independent people can get what they want through their own effort. Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Interdependence is a choice only independent people can make. Dependent people cannot choose to become interdependent. They don’t have the character to do it; they don’t own enough of themselves.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Between stimulus and response, man has the freedom to choose.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person. Reactive people are driven by feelings, by circumstances, by conditions, by their environment. Proactive people are driven by values—carefully thought about, selected and internalized values.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“It’s not what happens to us, but our response to what happens to us that hurts us.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Love is a verb. Reactive people make it a feeling.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“A good affirmation has five basic ingredients: it’s personal, it’s positive, it’s present tense, it’s visual, visual, and it’s emotional. So I might write something like this: “It is deeply satisfying (emotional) that I (personal) respond (present tense) with wisdom, love, firmness, and self-control (positive) when my children misbehave.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Without involvement, there is no commitment.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Integrity is the value we place on ourselves. It’s our ability to make and keep commitments to ourselves, to ‘walk our talk.'”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“If you want to get something done, give it to a busy man.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“You simply can’t think efficiency with people. You think effectiveness with people and efficiency with things.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“One person’s mission is another person’s minutiae.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“You can’t change the fruit without changing the root.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Maturity is the balance between courage and consideration.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Abundance Mentality… flows out of a deep inner sense of personal worth and security. It is the paradigm that there is plenty out there and enough to spare for everybody.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“If you put good people in bad systems, you get bad results. You have to water the flowers you want to grow.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Empathy is not sympathy. Sympathy is a form of agreement, a form of judgment. And it is sometimes the more appropriate emotion and response. But people often feed on sympathy. It makes them dependent. The essence of empathic listening is not that you agree with someone; it’s that you fully, deeply, understand that person, emotionally as well as intellectually.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“The essence of synergy is to value differences—to respect them, to build on strengths, to compensate for weaknesses.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“The more authentic you become, the more genuine in your expression, particularly regarding personal experiences and even self-doubts, the more people can relate to your expression and the safer it makes them feel to express themselves.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Sameness is not oneness; uniformity is not unity.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“When we’re left to our own experiences, we constantly suffer from a shortage of data.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“If two people have the same opinion, one is unnecessary.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Principles are independent of us. They operate regardless of our awareness of them, acceptance of them, liking of them, belief in them, or obeying of them.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Living the 7 Habits is a constant struggle for everyone. Everyone falters from time to time on each of the seven and sometimes all seven simultaneously. They really are simple to understand but difficult to consistently practice. They are common sense but what is common sense is not always common practice.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“The most important habit is the one you are having the most difficult time living.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“The most important work you will ever do is always ahead of you. It is never behind you. You should always be expanding and deepening your commitment to that work. Retirement is a false concept. You may retire from a job, but never retire from meaningful projects and contributions.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Arthur Worsley
I founded TAoL to discover and share the best wisdom on how to live long and prosper. Before that I studied Psychology, Philosophy & Physiology at Oxford and consulted at McKinsey. Still curious? Learn more or take my FREE productivity quiz.

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