Covey speaks on father’s legacy

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LOGAN– In commemoration of what would have been his father’s 80th birthday, students and faculty of the Huntsman School of Business gathered Wednesday at a Dean’s Convocation Speech to hear author Stephen M.R. Covey reflect on his father’s legacy of leadership.

Covey’s father Stephen R. Covey, the Huntsman Presidential Chair in Leadership, a renowned educator, public speaker and bestselling author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” passed away in July.

“I view this as a tribute from you to my father,” Covey said. “My father loved Utah State University and the Huntsman School of Business, and he was very thankful for this relationship. It was a great source of meaning in his life.”

Covey talked about the principles of leadership his father taught and how it impacted him and millions across the world.

“My father’s thinking has been the software of my mind,” Covey said. “It affects everything I do.”

Covey said his father taught that as individuals, we each have four needs — to live, to love, to learn and to leave a legacy. Covey said as students apply these needs as they search for a career, they can find a pathway they are passionate about.

“When you look for a career, be thinking in terms of these four things,” he said. “What need do I want to help in society? What do I love to do? What am I good at doing and what am I called to do? And as you overlap that inspiration, that’s finding your voice. My father taught that beautifully.”

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