Stephen Covey was an internationally revered leadership expert, educator, organizational consultant, author, and motivational speaker who wrote the powerhouse personal development book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Covey was names one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans, having dedicated his life to illustrating how anyone can control their own destiny.

Get inspired and motivated today with 10 of the most popular Stephen Covey quotes below.

1. "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing."

2. "Live out of your imagination, not your history."

3. "We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals."

4. "A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships."

5. "Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out."

6. "Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character."

7. "The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities."

8. "There are three constants in life... change, choice and principles."

9. "Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall."

10. "In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do."

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Author's Bio: 

Dr. Stephen R. Covey was the co-founder and vice-chairman of FranklinCovey Company, a leading global professional services firm. He is respected internationally as an author, lecturer, teacher, and leadership mentor. His New York Times best-selling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has sold more than 13 million copies in 36 languages, and the audio book on tape has sold over 1.5 million copies.

Dr. Covey earned his B.S. degree from the University of Utah, his M.B.A. from Harvard University, and his doctorate degree from Brigham Young University. He served as an administrative assistant to the president of B.Y.U. and a visiting professor at the University of Utah and Belfast Technical College. He was also an officer and board member of several corporations.

Dr. Covey taught principle-centered living and founded Covey Leadership Center. In 1997, a merger with Franklin Quest created the new FranklinCovey Company with over 3,000 employees and $350 million in annual revenue. FranklinCovey offers learning and performance solutions to assist professionals in increasing their effectiveness in productivity, leadership, communications and sales. Go here to learn more about FranklinCovey:

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