Endorsements

Wide Adoption and Acclaim for The Leader in Me, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

The Leader in Me, has been adopted by more than 3,000 schools over 50 countries. It has become widely accepted and acclaimed by noted educators and thought leaders alike.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is considered one of the most profound and impactful books ever written, having sold more than 25 million copies in 52 languages worldwide. Its content has been widely adopted by thousands of organizations and millions of people around the world to improve their effectiveness, both personally and professionally. It has been acclaimed by many of the world’s most respected thought leaders and business experts.

Likewise, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens has sold more than five million copies worldwide and has greatly impacted the lives of millions of teens throughout the world who have applied its content in their lives.

Below is a complete list of endorsements for all three books.

The Leader In Me 2nd Edition Endorsements

Books

What Thought Leaders And Educators Are Saying

The Leader in Me is one of the most inspired efforts taking hold today in our schools. Sean Covey beautifully tells the story and elegantly explains the process’s principles and promise. If you care about education, you need to read this book.”
—Daniel Pink, author of To Sell Is Human and Drive

“Education is meant to develop children’s individual abilities and help them make their way in the world. The more standardized it becomes, the more it overlooks their real talents and stifles their creativity, curiosity, and appetite for learning. If we’re to help children flourish, we must think very differently about what they are capable of achieving and the schools they really need. The Leader in Me is full of uplifting examples of how this can be done. It sets out a transformative process that is rooted in inspiring ideas about children’s—and teachers’—real capabilities, and it’s supported by the practical, real world experiences of schools around the world, which have used it to effect radical and positive change. The Leader in Me shows that the leadership we need to transform education is not outside our schools but within them, and especially in the children themselves.”
—Sir Ken Robinson, International Advisor on Education and New York Times bestselling author of The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

“If America is going to reverse the decline of its schools, we need to rethink how we can guarantee that all of our kids get a great education. This terrific book shows educators what is possible, demonstrating how schools can foster the critical character traits students need to reach their potential and achieve the American dream.”
—Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone

“The Freedom Writers and I created the Freedom Writers Foundation with a simple goal—to change the world one student, one teacher, one class, and one school at a time. The Leader in Me is the ideal blueprint for every school to change the world through education. I have had the distinct privilege of meeting the passionate teachers and innovative administers who have implemented the process. I’ve been inspired by the students who boldly walk up to me, look me in the eye, shake my hand, and assert that they ‘are being proactive!’ I’ve seen them implement the 7 Habits in real time and have witnessed remarkable results. Most important, I use this tried and true process and the 7 Habits with my own colleagues and staff to help us reach our goal.”
—Erin Gruwell, Teacher and Founder of the Freedom Writers

“External efforts to perk up schools have failed. They miss the secret of success. A cohesive culture, developed within a local school, unites teachers, students, parents, and the community in a common quest of making learning meaningful and joyful. The Leader in Me demonstrates vividly through stories and testimony how schools can reclaim soul and spirit.”
—Terrence Deal, coauthor of Shaping School Culture: Pitfalls, Paradoxes, and Promises and the upcoming book How Great Leaders Think

The Leader in Me book tells how the process is transforming schools, one school at a time, and is changing the lives of students around the world. Every child has the individual potential and worth to succeed in life and to accomplish any goal they set. If they have teachers who inspire them and believe in them, they will come to see in themselves that they are leaders, not just today, but for the rest of their lives. Truly, a remarkable book and process.”
—Ron Clark, Founder and Teacher at the Ron Clark Academy

“I believe the children of today will become our leaders tomorrow. I believe we need to prepare our children to be the kind of leaders that will create a brighter and better future. I believe in The Leader in Me. It’s the book, process, and pathway to develop leaders that will positively transform our schools, communities, and future.”
—Jon Gordon, bestselling author of The Energy Bus and The Energy Bus for Kids

“The principles taught and modeled in The Leader In Me are the very elements we want the leaders of today to possess. To have our children practicing and developing these traits in their youth can translate to men and women who understand what truly matters in measuring success.”
—Professor Clayton Christensen, Professor, Harvard Business School, and author of The Innovator’s Dilemma, Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns, and How Will You Measure Your Life?

“Far more often than not, young people live up to high expectations—when those expectations have personal meaning. In a time when the endgame in schools can be little more than a standardized test score, The Leader in Me helps young learners see their potential to develop a vision for who they can become, take charge of their lives, work with peers to solve problems, and make positive decisions about their well-being. The process reminds them that learning can and should be magical, and that pursuit of quality extends both learning and the learner. The process’s habits of success, which on some level are affective and environmental aspects of learning success, integrate seamlessly into academic content as well, endowing that content with extended purpose and meaning—for students and teachers alike.”
—Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D., William Clay Parrish Jr. Professor and Chair, Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

“I have witnessed firsthand in schools how The Leader in Me has transformed the culture of the school from one of resignation to one of hope and belief that every child has the potential to get a successful learning experience in school.”
—Jacob Kragh, President, LEGO Education, Denmark

“Educators are doing their very best to meet the challenges that accompany our schools today. They are passionate about education and are deeply committed to their students’ success. But, they cannot do it alone. The Leader in Me process offers schools and educators the opportunity to build a strong culture of student empowerment and self-discipline, so that students are taking responsibility for their own education and success. It is so inspiring to see the success in numerous schools throughout the world that have employed the process and in which students are becoming twenty-first century leaders in their own right.”
—Dr. Daniel Domenech, Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators, The School Superintendents Association

The Leader In Me has the ability to interrupt generational cycles of truancy and marginalization by engaging students with a most effective tool: their own self-worth. These schools are empowering children to become a living difference, both in their own lives and within the world. “
—Lisa Fenn, Journalist, Boston, Massachusetts

The Leader in Me is a wonderful book—relevant, thoughtful, and enormously useful. The core ideas are presented through an engaging array of stories, narratives, examples, and photographs of real schools. This book should be on the shelf of every school that wants to be successful, caring, and serving every child in their community.”
—Dr. Kent D. Peterson, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin–Madison, and coauthor of Shaping School Culture: Pitfalls, Paradoxes, and Promises

The Leader In Me, the culmination of something exciting in our schools, began at a school in North Carolina where they dreamed of what was possible for students. Muriel Summers and Sean Covey together created a new nexus we hadn’t seen in schools. They have challenged us to reflect on our core values and nurture those of the young people we serve. As educators, and especially educators in magnet schools, we are acutely aware of the limitless possibilities in every student. The Leader In Me shows a path to engage and support students in ways that will lead to extraordinary opportunities. All students need to understand how to not only harness their potential but simultaneously serve in capacities that will force them to know who they are and what they stand for. Our country will depend on these leaders, and educators can devote themselves to inspiring and training the leaders we need for tomorrow. The Leader In Me has applications that go far beyond the classroom and have given me, as a parent, incredible insight and ways to guide the development of my own children.”
—Scott Thomas, Executive Director, Magnet Schools of America

“I have personally visited A.B. Combs Elementary and was blown away by the mature student body that greeted and interviewed me. This school is a phenomenal example of how an institution can take The Leader In Me, build upon the 7 Habits, and prepare students for their undefined futures. This book proves that there truly is greatness in every student and in every staff member, and that through this process greatness can be realized."
—Jeff Jones, CEO, Solution Tree

“Working with thousands of students over the years opened my eyes to the ‘untaught lessons’ of contemporary education: do what you’re told, look good on paper, and seek external validation. I spent years watching brilliant young people feel they were anything but brilliant because their particular approach to adding value to the world couldn’t be adequately measured or rewarded through essays and written tests. The Leader in Me creates a different culture in schools. It asks students and staff to assess and do what they think is right, to empower themselves and others, and to recognize and foster the existing capacities for greatness within themselves. Perhaps most important, it creates rewards that are accessible to each and every student. Ultimately, the greatest endorsement for The Leader in Me is to meet the students who have been impacted by its approach. They are, quite simply, different. Nowhere else in the world have I met students with the confidence and passion of those I’ve met from Leader in Me schools. I once asked a young man from a Leader in Me school, “What do you hope the future will bring?” With a smile he confidently replied, ‘Big things.’ Consider making The Leader in Me a part of your school’s culture. You too can expect big things.”
—Drew Dudley, Founder and Chief Catalyst, Nuance Leadership Inc

The Leader in Me is at the core of my formula for changing the culture of the toughest schools in America! One small part of Dr. Covey’s huge legacy will be his inspirational message on leadership to children, teachers, and administrators around the world. Sean Covey has continued to carry the torch of leadership for young people in a powerful way! You want true school reform, read The Leader in Me!
—Salome Thomas-EL (Principal EL) Award-Winning Educator and author of The Immortality of Influence and I Choose to Stay

“When I walked into A.B. Combs in 2007, I knew immediately that something was different. In my years of serving the education community, I have walked into countless schools on behalf of LEGO Education solutions. However, this was the first time I was greeted by a second grade student who introduced herself, welcomed me to the school, inquired my purpose for visiting, and offered to take me to see the principal, Ms. Muriel Summers. I was enthralled. As I came to know more of the school, the remarkable work of Muriel and her team, and, more important, the outcomes achieved by the students repeatedly and reliably, I learned about the unique implementation of Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits. I was well versed in these habits, having added them to my leadership toolset, skillset, and mindset early on in my career. Seeing them implemented in such a school-wide setting encompassing the entire range of the child’s experience confirmed what I already knew. If the culture is right, the results will be right. If your goals are to prepare students for the twenty-first century workforce, you know that deep content, twenty-first century skills, hands-on learning, and a culture of respect and leadership are the keys to success. The Leader in Me process is a crown jewel in the transformation of school culture, freeing children to imagine, learn, and succeed.”
—Stephan Turnipseed, President Emeritus and Executive Director Strategic Partnerships, LEGO Education US

“As schools go so goes our future. Educated, self-disciplined, civil adults are first educated, self-disciplined, and civil students. Like the sand that polished the stone, school experiences bring forth the brilliance hidden within each child. The Leader In Me is based on a mindset of a better world and comprehensive set of proven principles to get us there. I strongly recommend this framework to all educational leaders striving to advance the ‘learning for all’ mission.”
—Lawrence W. Lezotte, Effective Schools Consultant

“I have worked in public education for over twenty-five years, and I have never seen anything connect a community like this. It has brought joy and enthusiasm to our new and veteran teachers. Our community leaders are inspired to collaborate with us on this initiative, and our students are seeing the greatness in themselves as leaders, some of them for the very first time.”
—Candace Singh, District Superintendent, Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, California

The Leader in Me fits well into our district’s belief in educating the whole child. We want to graduate well-rounded students who are compassionate, competitive, critical thinkers, and life-long learners. The Leader in Me is helping us to make it a reality. “
—Pat Sanford, Leadership Development Specialist, North East Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas

The Leader in Me empowers students to be in charge of their daily actions and learning. It has been one of the most profound processes I have experienced as an educator. It has completely transformed our school’s culture, decreased discipline referrals, increased staff, student, and parent involvement, and elevated our academic achievement.”
—Jan McCartan, Principal, Beaumont Elementary, Waterford, Michigan

“Students as young as age five know what it means to Be Proactive, Think Win-Win, and use leadership tools to solve problems. Discipline issues on the bus have dropped dramatically. Our students set personal and academic goals and make a plan to achieve those goals. The intrinsic satisfaction of achieving one’s goals is immeasurable, and students continue to raise the bar both personally and academically each time they meet their goal. We no longer are presented with bully-type behaviors by students. Teacher, parent, community, and student engagement is at an all-time high!”
—Deborah Pennell, Principal, Ardena Elementary, Farmingdale, New Jersey

“Since Winchester implemented The Leader in Me, students have shown improvement in reading benchmark tests, and homework responsibilities, but more importantly in self-confidence. Students show more initiative and willingness to be risk takers where before they were reluctant learners. I have witnessed life-changing events for members of my staff. Parents are implementing the habits within the family structure. I truly believe this process can be the educational reform that is needed for all who want to make a difference in the life of a child and all who want to create greatness in themselves.”
—Kathy Brachmann, Principal, Winchester Elementary, West Seneca, New York

“It is saving lives.”
—Angie Taillon, Principal, Neil Armstrong Elementary, Port Charlotte, Florida

“We have implemented The Leader in Me from day one of opening the doors of our school. The formal training of our staff and incorporation of the 7 Habits into subject lessons has worked in tandem to create a culture of trust, accountability, and leadership among our staff and student body. This led directly to our school’s designation as the number one school in New York City Public Schools, as measured by the Department of Education’s Progress Report.”
—Rose Kerr, Founding Principal, Staten Island School of Civic Leadership, Staten Island, New York

“Our aim was to move a good school forward to something better. Previous initiatives had been effective in the short term but did not have long-term impact on students’ ability to develop self-responsibility or on their learning. Since implementing The Leader in Me, parents have been very supportive and see how everything fits together to help their child. Staff members see it as a positive way to help students be the best they can be and do the best they can do.”
—Jennie Werakso, Principal, St. Brigid’s, Gwynneville, NSW, Australia

“Every student in our school is a leader in some capacity. This is not me. This is a team of teachers working hard and doing the organizing with the students.”
—Lisa VanLeeuwen, Principal, Ryerson Heights Elementary, Brantford, Ontario, Canada

“I recommend The Leader in Me to anyone and everyone who is willing to go through a rigorous process to really improve the entire system. In schools that are implementing correctly, children are driving the work, there is an increased level of self-esteem, and discipline issues become nonexistent or a lot lower than they would be.”
—Jean-Claude Brizard, Senior Advisor, College Board, Washington, D.C.

“I received The Leader in Me from a friend on my way to a winter holiday. Its message touched me so deeply that I couldn’t go relax before I had read the entire book! It has truly enabled greatness in all aspects of my life, in my family, and in my schools.”
—Lise K. Furuseth, Founder and Director, Hoppensprett Schools and Day Care Centres, Norway

“Our ultimate goal is to prepare students for life, not to guide every moment of every day of their existence. What better way to do that than through teaching the timeless principles of the 7 Habits?”
—Dr. Beth Sharpe, Executive Director of Elementary Education, Seminole County Public Schools, Florida

“In only two weeks we saw dramatic changes, from both staff and parent perspectives. After five months of implementing The Leader in Me with students, we have seen an 85 percent decrease of behavior referrals.”
—Deirdre Brady, Principal, Heritage Elementary, Highland, Michigan

The Leader in Me is a blueprint for whole school change.”
—Eileen Cronin, Literacy Coach, Boston Public Schools, Massachusetts

The Leader in Me has many leadership tools that help students to solve problems. If we introduce these principles from the beginning, we can help them in the future to be great problem solvers.”
—Sri Wahyuni, Teacher, An-Nisaa’ School, Jakarta, Indonesia

“Sachem Central School District is one of the largest suburban districts in the United States. The Leader in Me has positively impacted our students, our staff members, and our families. It is not a curriculum. It is an ongoing process of sharing, modeling, and personal growth. Many of our principals have reported that discipline referrals have dropped significantly. Parents have told countless stories of the positive impact on their children and families.”
—James J. Nolan, Superintendent, Sachem Central School District, Long Island, New York

The Leader in Me is all about relationships. As a result of it, our students have increased confidence and achievement, particularly through the goal-setting process. Teachers are highly engaged. Our common language has increased, as has parent involvement and communication. This is truly the most rewarding work I have engaged in.”
—Matt Miller, Principal, Wren Hollow Elementary, Manchester, Missouri

“As a director and as a parent of a student at the school, every day I hear the common language and witness the application of the 7 Habits. Instead of telling my son, “Go to bed early!” or “Study before you play video games!” I hear, “Mom, don’t forget to put first things first!” or “Grandpa, try to think win-win, don’t fight with grandma!” The 7 Habits and The Leader in Me are amazingly magical!”
—Juno Ding Hong, Director and Parent, Lih-Jen School, Taipei, Taiwan

“As the new principal of Saxe Gotha Elementary, I was charged with developing a restructuring plan because the school had not made adequate progress for five years. After months of researching possibilities, it became clear that the 7 Habits and The Leader in Me would help create the lasting change for which our students, staff, and families yearned. During our third year of implementation, we were recognized as one of three finalists for the South Carolina Title One Reward School of the Year for Progress. Being part of that transformation has been the most rewarding experience of my career.”
—Beth A. Houck, Principal, Saxe Gotha Elementary, Lexington, South Carolina

“From the start, children and staff have been encouraged to identify their strengths—though in a non-boastful way. Teachers are now more familiar with each other’s talents, and with the talents of their students. Parents have welcomed the focus on the positive attributes, and it has contributed to the students’ development.”
—Carla Luycx, Principal, Atlantis, Amersfoort, Netherlands

“Teaching leadership skills and the 7 Habits has changed me as a teacher, as a parent, and as a wife. It has helped me to organize my life better. It has helped me to prioritize and to put my attention on the things that are most important.”
—Pam Almond, first-grade Teacher, A.B. Combs Elementary, Raleigh, North Carolina

“I just wish we had this thirty-five years ago.”
—Sharon Terwelp, fifth-grade Teacher, Blessed Sacrament K–8, Quincy, Illinois

“When I observe children these days, sometimes I feel they lack certain skills, like interpersonal skills or teamwork skills. Their parents are busy, their families tend to be small, and they have tons of homework. As a result, they do not have the chance to interact with other children or to develop these skills through play. So as a teacher, I feel privileged to teach skills like “think win-win” and “synergy.” They help students to be more effective as students and better able to handle life’s challenges.”
—Mrs. Limmengkwang, Teacher, Chua Chu Kang Primary, Singapore

“Creating our common goal and having a common language has made a great difference in our daily work. A positive culture has been created where staff and children care for each other. Difficult conversations with students and parents have dropped dramatically. Teachers and staff have found their work joy and enthusiasm again. Cooperation between departments has improved. We are seeing academic improvement in all three of our schools.”
—Helen Solin, Head Principal, Jämjöskolor, Karlskrona, Sweden

The Leader in Me has been instrumental in creating a cohesive, collaborative climate for students and staff. It has provided a quality foundation for establishing the change that we desired in our schools. The professional learning component changes the way teachers view themselves, their students, and the learning environment. It has been phenomenal what has happened.”
—Dr. Karen Woodward, Superintendent, Lexington School District 1, Lexington, South Carolina

“With a “risk taker hat” and a desire to innovate and bring positive change, we implemented The Leader in Me. The process adds value to the school’s “end in mind” of strengthening children’s character and provides them with the right environment for personal and academic growth. The emphasis on each child’s worth, strengthens them as unique individuals, and reinforces their self-confidence and their desire to “synergize” and to build a better world.”
—Martha Rincón, Director, Buckingham School, Bogotá, Colombia

What Parents Are Saying

“The first time I heard my second-grade son recite Dr. Covey’s 7 Habits, my jaw almost dropped! Then I realized that he not only could recite, he could also explain to me the meaning of the 7 Habits. I am so thankful that my son has the opportunity to apply the 7 Habits at such a young age.”
—Liu Ju Chen Jen, Parent, Lih-Jen School, Taipei, Taiwan

“I have watched my children evolve before my very eyes largely due to The Leader in Me. My eighth grader has always possessed incredible self-confidence and is a natural-born leader, yet working in teams has never been her strength. Through exposure to the 7 Habits and taking on leadership responsibilities, she has truly evolved into an interdependent individual. My fourth grader has gained the confidence to go safely outside of his comfort zone, risk being a leader, and accomplish personal success in areas where he previously thought it impossible.”
—Jen Thomas, Parent, Crestview Middle School, Ellisville, Missouri

“My children have benefited tremendously from a broad range of leadership opportunities that are a part of the A.B. Combs experience. From opportunities to perform music, give speeches, speak on panels, lead tours, participate in family events like science nights and art shows, to assisting staff in coordinating events, my two very different daughters have developed confidence, drive, and high standards of personal performance that would not have been possible at other schools.”
—Hardin Engelhardt, Parent, A.B. Combs Elementary, Raleigh, North Carolina

“We have brought the principles into our home and feel the benefit in our family life. The emphasis is on encouraging accountability rather than placing blame, and on embracing the best within one’s self as well as others.”
—Jennifer Edwards, Parent, Wards Creek Elementary, St. Augustine, Florida

“The leadership process is exactly what my son needed to get back on track. He started developing a proactive attitude toward his school work. Assignments were completed and turned in on time. Putting First Things First, he completed his math work almost always at school. Each week we could see his confidence growing and he went from being fearful and unsure of himself to being confident and empowered. Socially and athletically he is very competitive, but has developed a Win-Win approach and is able to synergize through class problems and group projects. When given the opportunity to take responsibility for his own actions, he did just that. We are forever grateful.”
—Lori Helmy, Parent, Mukilteo Elementary, Mukilteo, Washington

“When my ninth grader asks to play a video game before his homework is done, I enjoy hearing my kindergartner pipe up and say “Put first thing first, do your homework!”
—Ericka Porrazza, Parent, Lehua Elementary School, Pearl City, Hawaii

“The 7 Habits have helped my son grow up in the past two years. Ever since the school started The Leader in Me he has become more responsible and confident in himself. He has learned how to take initiative in making plans, and pays more attention to other people’s needs. As a parent, I am happy to see these changes, and very appreciative to the school.”
—Hwei Lin Liu, Parent, Lih-Jen School, Taipei, Taiwan

“The 7 Habits have been a positive influence in my children’s lives and in my own life. Once I was trying to tell my son, “You’re not listening, you’re not being proactive.” But then he said to me, “Mom, you are not listening to me. You are being reactive.” And I had a huge paradigm shift, a moment of, “Oh my goodness, it is me.” So it is a two-way street. It has been really good for us, really good.”
—Megan May, Parent, Crestwood Elementary, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

“Our children are learning and using the terminology to express their feelings in a healthy way as they communicate in our family setting. We are all learning to pause and seek to understand one another before we vent frustrations, resulting in more solid communication between us. Our family is becoming a more cohesive unit by following these strategies from school in our home.”
—Sharon Olson, Parent, Carey School, Carey, Idaho

“My children are being educated to open the door to their future rather than waiting for the door to open.”
—Jennifer Collins, Parent, Stuard Elementary, Aledo, Texas

“Since the implementation of the 7 Habits, I have seen a marked difference in my children. The areas in which I have seen the most progress include their eagerness to prioritize their activities to ensure that their responsibilities are met. Their habits regarding homework, schoolwork, and chores have all dramatically improved.”
—Christopher W. Adamec, Parent, Wards Creek Elementary, St. Augustine, Florida

“We cannot begin to describe the difference employing the characteristics of strong leadership have made with our two daughters. They are learning traits and habits that will not only help them at the school setting, but will carry with them throughout their lives. We wholeheartedly believe in this approach to education and see it as a critical component that bridges the gap between home and school.”
—Ryan and Juley Sexton, Parents, A.B. Combs Elementary, Raleigh, North Carolina

What Business and Community Leaders Are Saying

“Starting from elementary school, students are allowed to be leaders, and truly come to believe they can be leaders in the future. So when I tell my friends about the schools we are sponsoring, I tell them we are supporting the future. In this way, we are able to pay back to a community that has really been so kind to us.”
—Peggy Cherng, Cofounder, Panda Express and Panda Cares, Rosemead, California

“Starting with kindergartners, in thirteen years, we’ve got the opportunity to change the mindset of an entire community. In only thirteen years!”
—Donnie Lane, CEO, Enersolv, Decatur, Alabama

“Our vision of introducing TLIM to PSKD Mandiri and Indonesia was to offer all stakeholders in the school, including staff, students, and parents, a common framework and language that would support all individuals in realizing their leadership abilities. After three years of implementing the process, PSKD Mandiri has reached Lighthouse School status and, by all measures, is achieving a degree of success that our vision had previously only imagined.”
—Laurel Tahija, Chairman, Dharma Bermakna Foundation, Indonesia

“When I went to school we stuck only to academics. So when I see children learning about ethics, involvement in the community, and leadership, I find it very impressive, very worthwhile.”
—Kathleen Cresswell, Member, Rotary International, Florida

“Instead of stealing cars, these kids are going to be buying cars.”
—Cliff Raynolds, Police Chief, Victorville, California

“Some of our employees had taken the 7 Habits, so when one of them heard Crestwood Elementary was teaching the habits, we saw a real win-win between what the school was trying to do and what we were trying to do at our plant. The life skills they are learning in the 7 Habits are so critical to their future success.”
—Rick Redmond, Vice President, Criterion Catalysts and Technologies, Medicine Hat, Canada

“The best thing about The Leader in Me is that it is not just for the elite kids or the troubled kids. It is for every single student. It does not matter what their economic background is or what their social history is, it is for everybody.”
—Peggy Crim, United Way Board Member, City Treasurer, Quincy, Illinois

“Facing the twenty-first century, our school realized that people need strong character, so we prepared our students to learn and practise leadership skills in daily activities. Pillars of our school are 10 An-Nisaa’ Core Values and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. We hope that our children become a true leader in their future, always concerned for the people around them.”
—Hj. Rosfia Rasyid, Chairman of the Foundation, An-Nisaa’ School, Jakarta, Indonesia

“We work every day to building a better future for our country. We believe that by strengthening the quality of education we will close the social gap and develop a new generation of leaders. We see The Leader in Me as helping us to convert Colombian public schools into models of excellence and leadership, and thousands of Colombian children to become leaders in their personal and professional lives.”
—Silvia Madriñan, Director, Terpel Foundation, Colombia

“The 7 Habits provide a simple, principle-based framework to help individuals successfully face their private and public challenges. As CEO of a large K–12 education company, we are now offering the 7 Habits to thousands of elementary and middle school students. Watching the academic and behavioral improvements among the students is one of the most rewarding professional experiences I have ever had.”
—Manoel Amorim, Chairman & CEO, Abril Educação, Brazil

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People 25th Anniversary Edition Endorsements

Books

“Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is as relevant and timely today as it was when it was first published 25 years ago. Whether you lead a large organization in a Fortune 500 company or are just getting started in business, the principles discussed in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People provide enduring and universal truths for effective, values-based leadership. The 7 Habits is a must read for anyone who seeks to understand how to inspire and motivate others. It remains one of the most important business books of our time.”
— Kevin Turner, COO Microsoft Corporation

“After 25 years, the wisdom of The 7 Habits is more relevant than ever. On an individual level, people are burning out, and on a collective level we are burning up the planet. So Dr. Covey's emphasis on self-renewal, and his understanding that leadership and creativity require us to tap into our own physical, mental, and spiritual resources, are exactly what we need now.”
— Arianna Huffington, Chair, President and Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post Media Group

“In large corporations and elementary schools alike, Stephen Covey has reshaped the way we think about how we live our lives and the way we lead others. The influence this book has had on students across the world will be felt for decades to come. This is an anniversary that deserves celebration!”
— Dan Domenech, Executive Director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is by now one of the bestselling books of all time.”
FORTUNE Magazine

The 7 Habits has guided many of us on our journey through the world of business. Simple but incredibly effective. A great guide for any aspiring leader!”
— Meg Whitman, CEO of HP

“Fundamentals are the key to success. Stephen Covey is a master of them. Buy his book, but most importantly, use it!”
— Anthony Robbins, author of Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within

“The lessons outlined in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People are an important guide to success. This book is one of the top selling books of all time for a reason. The success I’ve had in swimming and in life is accredited to a similar, proactive, goal-setting approach - Dream, Plan, Reach. Through my Foundation’s programing, we recognize the power of dreams and stress the importance of executing a detailed plan to propel you towards your goals.”
— Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimmer, Gold Medalist

“The 7 Habits have taught me profound truths that transcend because they are based on principles. They have helped me see what I cannot see. In every situation I can use the principles and paradigms associated with each habit, think over and re-set the north direction of my life."
— Juan Nino, Project Management - Global Auditor & Project Start Up Lead- Halliburton, Mexico

"Covey's masterpiece, if it hasn't changed the world, has influenced millions of readers who can & will make our planet more peaceful and prosperous and prepared and purposeful."
—Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, University of Southern California and author of Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership

“When I look back and think of all the training events that shaped my knowledge, and very importantly my values and principles, I always think back to that one week in 1987 when I attended the 7 Habits workshop and with Stephen Covey as my trainer. What a powerhouse he was; what a fascinating tour we made together through those 7 Habits. It has been the one training event that made the single biggest contribution to shaping my professional and personal life.”
— Peter F. Smit, Senior Vice President, the Hershey Company, President Asia, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Singapore

“Covey is the hottest self-improvement consultant to hit U.S. business since Dale Carnegie.”
USA Today

“Let’s forget the content of his books. Or the gazillions of copies The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, or any of his others books for that matter, have sold around the world. Let’s forget his memorable seminars—and his business success. One simply cannot pay tribute to Stephen Covey without saying at the outset that he was a lovely human being. I will say, unequivocally, that Stephen expected the best of all of us—and he provided us with straightforward tools and advice to help us get from here to a better there. In short, I will miss Stephen. He stirred my better angels, as he did for millions of others in truly every corner of the world.”
— Tom Peters, author of The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence and co-author of In Search of Excellence

“The company launched the 7 Habits program in 2001 to align all the Mary Kay China people under one set of values and principles. The 7 Habits help us to think, to set priorities, to work with each other and to live our lives. In the last 12 years, our people continue to expand its cycle of influence, involving, our family members, the independent sales force and business partners. The people’s effectiveness has a great impact on the top and bottom lines. As a result, the company was named "the Best Employer" for the last 10 years and became "the Number 1 cosmetics brand in sales in China" in 2012.”
— Paul Mak, President, Mary Kay, Greater China

“Stephen R. Covey opened the world’s eyes once again to the power of basic human truths—take responsibility for your life, create your destiny, seek mutual benefit and understanding and be abundant and always service oriented. When we do so, we not only change our own lives, but we change the world, because of who we are. Stephen Covey will truly be remembered and known in history and by future generations, not only for his 7 Habits, but for his own personal commitment to family love and contribution to community. He was a great example to the two of us and to our family. His was a life well-lived.”
— Mitt and Ann Romney, Presidential Candidate, 2012 and Former Governor and First Lady of Massachusetts

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People brings people together in an organization. It blends inherent local wisdom with an organization’s culture so that it becomes a distinct culture by which the institution is differentiated. The 7 Habits is an enabler to ‘walk’ the ‘talk’. It’s a tool to build a culture of trust and a contributive spirit that emanates Good Corporate Governance. It engages and unleashes employees to be interdependently objective, honest, and perceptive to new ideas, and who work within the system to form the best institution in the market. Life is a duty and is a continuing search to build a contributive life and to give the best. The 7 Habits helps to build sensitivity, to recognize the potential of people and for self-development. It contains principles and universal values applicable for everyone and can be pragmatically applied to deliver a sincere contribution and to leave a legacy.”
— Mrs Gunarni Soeworo, Independent Commissioner - PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk, Indonesia

“We’ve always tried to live our lives trying to make a positive difference for others and Dr. Covey definitely made a difference in our lives. It’s rare when you admire someone not only for their incredible business sense and leadership abilities, but for who they truly are as a man. We were blessed to see his true human nature was centered in kindness, generosity and a respect for others. These characteristics are what define a true leader, someone whose legacy will continue to inspire, lead and guide well beyond their time. We are honored and blessed to have been fortunate enough to spend time with this inspirational man and will continue to try to live by the principles he taught in his beloved 7 Habits book.”
— Karl and Kay Malone, Retired NBA Forward, Utah Jazz, two-time MBA MVP, 14-time NBA All-Star, and wife

“Stephen Covey has been my mentor and role model for many years. He has written a foreword for my two bestselling books, You Can Make it Happen, A Nine-Step Plan for Success and Identity: Your Passport to Success. I admire him for being able to walk the walk and talk the talk and having the best organizational and leadership content in our field of study. He has been an inspiration to me personally and I treasure my time spent with him especially in my early years. I think of him when I need inspiration regarding my work. Stephen was an extraordinary individual with an extraordinary family. Even though he has left this earth, his spirit and teaching will always be with us. It’s a pleasure to be able to support his philosophy and his truth. There is only one Stephen Covey.”
— Stedman Graham, Chairman & CEO of S. Graham & Associates

“The 7 Habits of Stephen Covey has been the start of a life changing journey for me and for the thousands of people that were part of the businesses that I was privileged to lead. There is no doubt in my mind that the world and its many institutions have become a better place to be because of the wisdom that Stephen has spread. Our lives and our organizations have become happier and more productive. It's up to us to pass on his legacy!"
— Tex Gunning, CEO, TNT Nederland B.V., The Netherlands

“I have learned so much from Stephen Covey over the years that every time I sit down to write, I’m worried about subconscious plagiarism! The 7 Habits is not pop psychology or trendy self-help. It is solid wisdom and sound principles.”
— Richard M. Eyre, author of Life Balance and Teaching Your Children Values

The 7 Habits is a good book I recommend to everybody. The content is built into our company's program for talent development. It helps us to be more clear of our objective and provide the effective approach to get there.”
— Mr. Hank Xu, CEO of Bank of Communication Pacific Credit Card Center, Singapore

“Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits has had a major impact on my life and work. As a director of various public organizations in mental healthcare, child welfare and at the Department of Justice, The 7 Habits has been the basis of a positive change of culture in these organizations. This has resulted in more focus and greater cooperation and has led to better business results. As a professor, I have seen the life-changing impact it has had on students and their academic development. During my lectures I use various elements of The 7 Habits. At the universities where I teach, these lectures are highly-rated by professionals and students. Above all, the personal encounters I had with Stephen R. Covey were memorable, inspiring and refreshing. It was a great honor to have met Stephen R. Covey.”
— Gabriël Anthonio, Ph.D. Chairman of the Board of Youth Care Friesland, Professor in Leadership & Change Management at Stenden University The Netherlands

“This book contains the kind of penetrating truth about human nature that is usually found only in fiction. At the end, you will feel not only that you know Covey, but also that he knows you.”
— Orson Scott Card, author of Ender’s Game and winner of Hugo and Nebula Awards

“Many of us perform the 7 Habits in varying degrees. But, Stephen arranged the habits in a compact and systematic manner that can be learned by all. We had success when implementing and cascading the 7 Habits with several thousand people because they were practical and beneficial in our day-to-day activities. I am definitely a supporter and try to be a practitioner. I am not saying I am there yet, but I am trying, because it makes sense: Sharpen the Saw, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First things First. The 7 Habits make sense and can become a handy reference for anyone. They will live on, not just today, but also tomorrow.”
— Arwin Rasyid, President Director – Bank CIMB Niaga, Indonesia

“With all the responsibilities and demands of time, travel, work, and families placed upon us in today’s competitive world, it’s a big plus to have Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to refer to.”
— Marie Osmond, author of The Key Is Love: My Mother’s Wisdom, A daughter’s Gratitude

"The 7 Habits encompasses timeless principles that can help guide any company towards success."
— Tony Hsieh, New York Times bestselling author of "Delivering Happiness" and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc.

“We have been working under the influence of the 7 Habits for more than 20 years applying them in personal and professional areas of our lives. As the habits have been extended throughout the company the employee engagement has increased, since they value that the organization cares about themselves and their families, making a notorious impact in their lives. As an innovative company, technology is a fundamental tool for living the 7 Habits, at this time we are using a digital version of the solution. Our recruitment procedures and performance evaluations are based on the 7 Habits considerations and it is impacting our operations in Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Central America.”
— Jose Ricardo Mansilla Paetau, President of the Board of Directors GRUPO PIT, Guatemala

“I first read Dr. Stephen Covey's book on the 7 Habits in 1990 just before my first hospital command. I used the book to develop common understanding for discussions of change management and continuous improvement in every assignment over the next 20 years leading to my selection as the Air Force Surgeon General, 2009-2012. In 2008, I met Dr. Covey when he visited the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs at the Pentagon. I told him of the extraordinary impact of his writings dating back to 1993 when my senior staff at Mountain Home AFB attended his Seven Habits seminar and subsequently built the first 10-bed Expeditionary Hospital. These hospitals became the mainstay for casualty care in Afghanistan and Iraq for the USAF over 10 years of war. In 2001, his teachings helped me shape the development of new concepts in air evacuation. This evacuation system delivered over 90,000 casualties (nearly 10,000 being the most severely injured of the war) safely home over 10 years of conflict with only four not surviving the transport. Following our conversation at the Pentagon, Dr. Covey sent me a leadership stick that remains one of my most treasured possessions. But, it was he who was the true leader of leaders. Dr. Covey's incredibly intuitive Seven Habits of Highly Effective People provided the common understanding and language to visualize what needed to be done to build the most effective trauma system the world has ever known.”
— Charles Bruce Green, MD, MPH, Lt. Gen USAF (Ret.)

“Stephen Covey's path-breaking book continues to guide and inspire millions. It persuasively shows them that developing personal effectiveness can guide them on the road to happiness and help them lead the changes that will make the world a better place.”
— Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ph.D., Arbuckle Professor, Harvard Business School Chair & Director; Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative; Bestselling author of Confidence and SuperCorp

“In person or through the words of The 7 Habits, Stephen Covey shaped my professional and business life. As a military leader, “beginning with the end in mind” helped ensure mission success despite the complexity of a problem. Today, working with some of our nation’s highest need students and the urban educators teaching them, I constantly revisit Stephens’s guidance to “listen and seek first to understand”. So basic and yet so influential; I continue to be shaped by Stephen’s work as I attempt to practice these 7 not-so-simple habits and share his work with those around me.”
— John W. Scanlan II, CAPT USNR; CFO Cleveland Metropolitan School District

“The 7 habits was for me a break-through in the way of looking at myself and other people. “Am I proactive? Do I know my target? Are my priorities right?” All these simple questions again and again, every day, changed my way of thinking and behaving. I sincerely think that Stephen Covey made me a better person. And far more important, he made me a better coach.”
— Joël Schols, Co-founder Newtel nv, Belgium

“When I think of Steve Covey, I imagine him smiling as he hears the words, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.’ An important reason Steve deserves such praise is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This book’s lessons are as meaningful today, if not more so, than they were when Steve first penned them 25 years ago. The 7 Habits continues to be a must read—and a must reread.”
— Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and Leading at a Higher Level

“Around 20 years ago I was introduced to this book in a seminar held for executives in Jakarta. From that time onward, I am certain that The 7 Habits is compulsory for me personally, for my family, and for the people in the organization that I lead, I uphold this consistently up to now. I am grateful that Stephen Covey left this valuable legacy for all of us.”
— TP Rachmat, President Director - TP Triputra Investindo Raya, Indonesia

7 Habits of Highly Effective People has impacted the lives of literally millions of readers across the world for 25 years. The blueprint it has provided for principled living and leadership is a timeless message that has never been more important. Integrity, character, hard work, and honorable determination are so vividly displayed throughout the pages of this book and are interwoven in all of the lessons taught—inspiring greater success and achievement.”
—Senator Orrin Hatch

“One of the greatest habits you can develop is to learn and internalize the wisdom of Stephen Covey. He lives what he says and this book can help you live, permanently, in the ‘Winner’s Circle.’”
— Dr. Denis Waitley, author of The Psychology of Winning

“We are very fortunate to have brought the 7 Habits program in-house. The impact was tremendous – especially in helping us recover so quickly from the devastating Thailand flood in 2011.”
— Dr. Sampan Silapanad, Vice President, Magnetic Head Operations, Western Digital (Thailand)

“For me, the greatest lesson of The 7 Habits is that effectiveness is truly a habit. Win the private victories over yourself each day, as Dr. Covey teaches in his landmark book, and eventually, you’ll win the big ones. As the oldest woman ever to compete in Olympic swimming, I’ve found that reaching small daily goals is the key to achieving bigger goals—even our greatest hopes and dreams.”
— Dara Torres, Former American Competition Swimmer, world record holder, 12-time U.S. Olympic Medalist, New York Times Bestselling author of Gold Medal Fitness: A Revolutionary 5-Week Program

The 7 Habits has been on my favorite business book list for the past quarter century. It's the one business book that spills over onto my favorite ‘any category’ book. Its lessons are life lessons worthy of 24/7 consideration."
— Joel Peterson, Chairman, JetBlue Airways; Robert L. Joss Consulting Professor of Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business; founding Partner, Peterson Partners

“Orbicon has collaborated with Franklin Covey for five years. The result is a firm with ‘Good Habits.’ The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People provided the management team with a common language and self-leadership skills. And most importantly, strengthened our business culture. The mindset embedded in The 7 Habits has subsequently been strengthened by training in Helping Clients Succeed, which has given us new standards for our relations with clients and other partners. As our participants frequently say, “You can say a lot about this training—but it works!””
— Jesper Nybo Andersen, CEO, Orbicon, Denmark

“Goodbye, Dale Carnegie. Stephen Covey has had a profound influence on my life. His principles are powerful. They work. Buy this book. Read it, and as you live the principles your life will be enriched.”
— Robert C. Allen, author of Creating Wealth and Nothing Down

“This book has the gift of being simple without being simplistic.”
— M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled

“After the 7 Habits training sessions we could really witness improvements in the ability of our employees to work together and this is exactly what we wanted. The fact that we have continued the training over the years shows that we think it’s still worth it. The benefits in terms of personal development, better relations among employees and better efficiency when working across borders are so important for the success of an international corporation like Georg Fischer with companies on all continents.”
— Yves Serra, CEO, Georg Fischer AG, Schaffhausen/Switzerland

“In The 7 Habits book, Stephen Covey provides us with a pattern for living our lives with integrity and honor, and for giving service to others. We are inspired to achieve our greatest desires in life, when we apply and practice what the book teaches. Thank you, Stephen, for a life well-lived. You have left us with a legacy that will long be remembered.”
— Steve Young, Super Bowl MVP and NFL Hall of Fame Recipient

“I am reading it with profit…. It is most thoughtful and enlightening.”
— Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a formidable legacy left by Stephen Covey. It provides a simple, principle based framework to help individuals face their private and public challenges successfully. As the CEO of a large K-12 education company, we are now offering the “7 Habits” in an adapted format to thousands of elementary and middle school students in association with Franklin Covey. Watching the academic and behavioral improvements among the students we serve with the program is one of the most rewarding professional experiences I have ever had.”
— Manoel Amorim, President and CEO of Abril Educação, Brasil

“Happily, this book has advised and encouraged us for 25 years. Now, I encourage us to be loyal and supportive for another 25 years.”
— Maya Angelou

“I’ve never known any teacher or mentor on improving personal effectiveness to generate such an overwhelmingly positive reaction….this book captures beautifully Stephen’s philosophy of principles. I think anyone reading it will quickly understand the enormous reaction I and others have had to Dr. Covey’s teachings.”
—John Pepper, Former President of P&G

“There are very few business books that are essential reading for anyone who wants to make a difference. This is one of the great ones.”
— Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a landmark achievement that has touched the lives of millions of people and has helped businesses, churches and families worldwide. It has also has a special place in my own life. Knowing the principles has helped me embrace major paradigm shifts in my own life to help others. I miss Dr. Covey, but know he will live on to help others for generations to come.”
— Dr. Daniel G. Amen, M.D. author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

“This book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, opened the eyes of the world to a liberating truth: that our mindsets play strange tricks on us. We are poor if we think we are poor. Dr. Covey taught that the key to changing our lives is to change that mindset about ourselves—to realize that we are each incalculably rich in potential and possibilities.”
— Muhammad Yunus, Noble Peace Prize winner, 2006

“In AP Pension we have used The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People since 2007 to achieve competitive strength by improving our effectiveness. Our output per staff has doubled in this period. We now have a common culture, values, goals and language – and this has given us execution power to focus externally on clients and not internally on ourselves. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is the most durable investment AP Pension has made.”
— Søren Dal Thomsen, CEO of AP Pension, Denmark

“I have read Mr. Covey's book, The 7 Habits, a number of times and to me it reveals the inner strength that all of us have but seldom realize it. The success that comes with the understanding is not just material but definitely more moral realization of the meaning of life.”
— Arun Gandhi, President, Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute

“As the seminal work of Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has influenced millions around the world to be their best selves at work and at home. It stands the test of time as one of the most important books of our time.”
— Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of the most successful, top-selling books of all time—and with good reason. Tens of millions of people have used this material to completely change their lives, and I’m one of them! I’ve quoted and recommended this book to friends, business associates and radio listeners several times a week for the past twenty years! If you want to be successful in life, you need this book in your library.”
— Dave Ramsey, New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host

“Every so often a book comes along that not only alters the lives of readers but leaves an imprint on the culture itself. The 7 Habits is one of those books. For a quarter-of-a-century, it has taught millions how to work smarter and live better, giving its author, Stephen Covey, a remarkable and enduring legacy."
—Daniel Pink, author of Drive and To Sell is Human

“Many years ago after completing my MBA, I had the opportunity to read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen R. Covey. The book was insightful and outstanding and has had a profound influence on my leadership style, career and in my life. The principles and approach outlined have helped me lead teams in growth-oriented, entrepreneurial and global enterprises. Leadership awards and accolades earned were due to the insights and teachings from Dr. Covey. The principles applied across cultures and made me a better leader, mentor and spouse.”
— Michael Fung, Retired Senior Vice President and CFO, Walmart U.S.

“Ten years ago we began teaching the 7 Habits at our school, first to staff and then to students—even five-year-olds. In my 36 years in education, I have never seen anything have such an impact on student achievement, teacher retention, and parent satisfaction. It thrills me that students are now learning these same powerful leadership skills in schools across the globe through The Leader in Me.”
— Muriel Thomas Summers, Principal, A.B. Combs Elementary School

The 7 Habits is more than a book: It is the legacy of a great teacher who lived the life he wrote about. Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s convictions came from principles and experience. I am grateful for this man, but I will not miss him. He will continue to be with me every day, through the things that he taught.”
— Clayton Christensen, Professor, Harvard Business School, and author of The Innovator’s Dilemma and How Will You Measure Your Life?

“Self-improvement has been a secular religion in America even before Independence. It’s a critical reason why we became the greatest economy in the world. Stephen Covey’s classic, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, epitomizes this very American characteristic. I and countless others have referred to his book time and time again. It will be used for generations to come. Ben Franklin, who was the first to popularize ways to live better and to achieve success, would have been immensely impressed with Covey’s masterpiece.”
— Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media

“Stephen Covey influenced thousands in the U.S. Navy starting with me. Growing and developing leaders is our business with life and death implications. The 7 Habits taught us to think anew, taking on challenges new to each of us and vital for the defense of our nation. His work impacted a generation of leaders in our Navy and helped me lead our Navy in the days following 9/11. I will never forget him sitting around the dinner table with a group of my leadership team sharing ideas about making the Navy a better place to be. He changed our lives forever!”
— ADM Vern Clark, U.S. Navy (Retired), Former Chief of Naval Operations and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

“I almost never recommend business or self-help books. But, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of those rare exceptions—in fact, I rate the book a 10 and highly recommend it to business associates, family members and friends. I am especially pleased to have been associated with Stephen Covey and his team and appreciate their important contributions to the world of business.”
— Fred Reichheld, Bain Fellow, inventor of the Net Promoter System, and author of The Ultimate Question

“It is my honor to endorse the book that has touched my life in the most profound way "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People." I am overjoyed and filled with gratitude when I think of Stephen's legacy in my life, from understanding that the only solid center in my life are principles, to one of his amazing quotes that guides my human struggle: "Whenever you see the problem out there, THAT is the problem". This book gave me a roadmap for a principle-centered human experience that I have been using since I discovered it 13 years ago. As I experience and try to integrate these principles into my life, I go back to the book and amaze myself evermore for its profound teachings. I am amazed by how little I understood many of these principles five years ago, and I am sure I will say the same thing in five years! I consider Stephen to be one of my most important mentors in life, even though I saw him only a couple of times and spent a little time with him. I will never forget his way of affirming me and others. Truly one of the most amazing teachers of the last century, how lucky we are to have experienced him thru the 7 Habits. The warmest regards and the deepest gratitude to you, his family, for making his legacy transcend and inspire the generations to come.”
— Juan Bonifasi, CEO Grupo Entero, Guatemala

“Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People have given tremendous guidance to the Marriott organization, as we've managed associates in 74 countries. His insights have helped us achieve break-through leadership for hospitality excellence.”
— J.W. Marriott, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Marriott International, Inc.

“No person lasts forever, but books and ideas can endure. Stephen R. Covey’s life is done, but his work is not. It continues, right here in this book as alive today as when first written.”
— Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and co-author of Great by Choice

“Covey is hot and getting hotter.”
BusinessWeek

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens 15th Anniversary Edition Endorsements

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“Growing up isn’t easy, but with the help of Sean Covey’s book, young adults can learn to navigate through this awkward time and come out on the other side as a highly effective adult. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens empowers young adults by reminding them that it is perfectly normal to make mistakes, but luckily, if and when teenagers get off course, this book will help them navigate the treacherous waters of adolescence. Through the literary experiences shared in this book, hopefully teenagers can learn to love themselves and ultimately discover the effective adult waiting underneath the surface. As a teacher, I like how this book is not only a how-to for young adults but also a jumping-off point for teachers, who are struggling to connect with their students, by giving them the tools to shape a world that they can be proud of!”
— Erin Gruwell, founder of Freedom Writers Foundation, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Freedom Writers Diary, and inspiration for the 2007 film Freedom Writers

“‘Like father, like son’ may be a cliché, but Sean has proved it to be true. Sean is as effective as his father in providing directions to teens so that their lives become meaningful. Sean’s 7 Habits is a book every teenager should read and emulate.”
— Arun Gandhi, president of Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute

“Unlike my book on the 7 Habits, this book, by my son Sean, speaks directly to teens in an entertaining and visually appealing style (and, Sean, I never thought you listened to a word I said). As prejudiced as this may sound, this is a remarkable book, a must-read!”
— Dr. Stephen R. Covey (1932–2012), Sean Covey’s dad, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and co-founder and former vice chairman of Franklin Covey Co.

“I have long been a fan of Stephen Covey and his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. In fact, I liked his principles so much that we teach them to our players in the off-season as leadership principles. When I saw Sean’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, I was excited to have another weapon to take our players and culture to a higher level. Whether you are a teen or not, you should read this book!”
— Anson Dorrance, coach of the University of North Carolina women’s soccer team, twenty-two-time national collegiate champions

“Sean’s can-do examples remind me of how important it is to make the most of what I have. I play a lot of sports, though I’m not a big kid. This book helped me realize that I have to rely on my speed and my smarts if I want to reach my goals.”
—Brent Kuik, age 15

“I highly recommend the simple, straightforward advice provided in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens to teenagers, young adults, and their parents. You’ll hear new perspectives on how to improve your relationships and leadership skills that will positively impact your life, resulting in greater happiness. You will see that is easier than you may have thought to start making these changes today. And more than that—you will be able to do it and be successful at anything you choose to do. I have personally read it and practiced the timeless principles with my daughters.”
— Diana Thomas, U.S. vice president of training, learning, and development, McDonald’s Corporation

“This is an easy-to-understand book full of interesting stories. I really related to Sean’s personal story about the fear of performing in front of people since I am violinist. I’m sure teenagers around the globe will be able to relate as well.”
— Emily Inouye, age 14

“Fifteen years ago Sean Covey wrote a powerful book that taught teens that they had the ability to choose their behavior but not the consequences. The decisions that teens make could change their lives forever! Every young person should read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. It’s a must-read for all my students!”
— Salome Thomas-El, award-winning educator and author of The Immortality of Influence and I Choose to Stay

“One of the most defining parts of my career was the habits I built for myself as a teen. And that’s why this book is so important. The younger you are when you set your direction and goals and learn the tools that help you get there, the better off you will be. This book defines what it means to succeed and is a must-read for every young adult. I only wish someone had shown it to me during those most formative years of my life. I recommend it to anyone!”
— Chelsie Hightower, professional ballroom dancer on Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance

“Sean’s book helps teenagers to become climbers rather than campers, to live with a goal in mind, and to confront obstacles with a no‑barriers mind-set. He urges young people to ‘make your life extraordinary’ and provides a pathway which will get them there. In a world with so many distractions and temptations, the guidelines he provides are invaluable to a purposeful and successful life.”
— Erik Weihenmayer, blind adventurer, speaker, author, and filmmaker

“If you are a teen, or know someone who will be, have them read this book. It will help them establish a pattern for dealing with change, disappointment, and even success. It is truly a powerful, life-changing book.”
— Derek Hough, Emmy Award–winning choreographer

“The inspiring examples from real-life problems that teenagers like myself deal with every day, and their experiences and situations, have helped me make lifesaving decisions. I highly recommend this book to any teenager.”
— Jeremy Sommer, age 19

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens has made it easier than ever before for teens to navigate through life! If you want to live a life of contribution, set and achieve extraordinary goals, and stay focused and organized, practice every habit in Sean’s book. It will help you become who you want to be.”
— Julie Morgenstern, author of Organizing from the Inside Out for Teens

“This book serves as a great sword in the battle for our young people’s minds. It deserves to be more than just read but lived in everyday life. What a great explanation of human values, ethics, and overall how to live a successfully fulfilled life.”
— Drake White, country music artist, songwriter

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is a valuable guide to navigate through adolescent struggles and uncertainty. I wish someone had given me Sean Covey’s book during my teenage years. This book is a vital guide to encourage teens through the game of life. Whether it is advice on achieving their own goals, to discovering the right peers, to connecting more with their parents, this book has it all and is a recipe for teenage success and a solid foundation for the future. My children will be given The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens as soon as they enter their adolescent years!”
— Dominique Moceanu, U.S. Olympic gold medalist in women’s gymnastics and author of the New York Times bestselling Off Balance

“I would highly recommend Sean Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens because it teaches whoever reads it how to set goals, get organized, prioritize, make good decisions, and most of all to help build good character. Take it from me—they are all the things that will help them achieve success in their lives. Sean does a great job with the book.”
— Jimmer Fredette, Naismith and Wooden awards winner, NBA player

“Teens face many challenging issues. And, it’s great that a 7 Habits book is now available to help direct teens toward positive living. Through my foundation’s programing, we recognize the power of dreams and stress the importance of executing a detailed plan to propel you toward your goals.”
— Michael Phelps, winner of twenty-two Olympic medals and founder of the Michael Phelps Foundation

“I wish I’d had this book when I was a teen.”
— Shannon Hale, author of the Newbery Honor–winning Princess Academy and The Goose Girl

“Life is such a precious and beautiful thing that so many people take for granted. Even at a very young age, my son was able to leave a tremendous legacy and influence the lives of so many people forever. In his short life, he experienced and overcame great difficulty and did so with an extraordinary positive spirit. He exhibited so many of the habits taught in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Had my son had the chance to grow up, I know this book would have been a great guide and given him the tools he needed to navigate his way through life. If you are lucky enough to grow up, make mistakes, and learn from them, having someone like Sean guide you with this book is truly a gift.”
— Maya Thompson, founder of the Ronan Thompson Foundation

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens gives you new insight into the meaning of being powerfully successful. It teaches the importance of setting goals and sticking to them in order to achieve your dreams.”
— Picabo Street, National Ski Hall of Famer, Olympic gold medalist, and former member of the U.S. ski team

“What? Sean Covey wrote a book? You’ve got to be kidding!!”
— Sean’s high school English teacher

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is a touchdown! The sooner you develop good, strong habits, the more effective your life will be. This book will help you do just that.”
— Steve Young, NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl MVP

“I used one of the stories from your book in a speech I gave at leadership camp and it helped me to be elected governor! Thanks, Sean Covey!!!”
— Leisy Oswald, age 16

“The best way to ‘make it happen’ in your life is to make the right choices as a teen. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens lets teens see themselves as the principal force in their lives, regardless of their background or current walk of life.”
— Stedman Graham, chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, founder of Athletes Against Drugs, author of New York Times bestseller You Can Make it Happen and Identity: Your Passport to Success

“For a professional athlete, winning basketball games is important—but winning at the game of life is even more important. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens provides a game plan for teens to become team players with their teammates in life, their families and friends. It presents strategies for becoming a better all-around person and elevating individual skills.”
— Sheryl Swoopes, head coach of Loyola University women’s basketball team, four-time WNBA champion, three-time MVP, NCAA champion, and three-time Olympic gold medalist

“Today’s teens are the future leaders of our families, communities, and nation. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens teaches them the value of hard work, setting and achieving goals, and taking responsibility and initiative, all of which are characteristics of effective leaders.”
— Michael O. Leavitt, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

“I have been juggling family, school activities, friends, and after-school responsibilities. When I read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens it helped me become a more organized person. I used a lot of the cartoons to help me remember stories and examples.”
— Joy Denewellis, age 18

“Stephen Covey must be rightfully proud of his son Sean, who absorbed his father’s lessons well. Those who wish to avoid the temptations and devastation of drugs, including alcohol, would be wise to implement The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Written for teenagers, this book is an indispensable tool, helping young people make the right choices, while growing up in the chaos of today. I wish there had been a book like this for those of us who grew up in the sixties.”
— Candace Lightner, president of We Save Lives and founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving