W. H. M. (Bill) Stover, 81, founder and former president of the Leadership Training Institute of D.C. died of congestive heart failure Friday at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

He established the institute, which offered adult education programs in human relations, salesmanship and public speaking, in 1945.

Mr. Stover had been associated with the late Dale Carnegie, author and lecturer, whose book, "How to Win Friends and Influence People," had become the basis for a sales and communications training system.

With the institute, Mr. Stover had the regional sponsorship of the Dale Carnegie program in Washington, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

He attracted a number of senators and other public officials to teach courses at the institute here. He operated it until retiring in 1962, when he sold the venture.

Mr. Stover was born in Phoenix, Md. He attended business college in Baltimore and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

During the 1920s and early 1930s, he worked for Remington Rand Inc. in St. Louis, Houston and New Orleans. He came to Washington in 1936 to represent the firm here, specializing in accounting machine systems for federal agencies, including Agriculture Department. He helped design and install the systems.

While president of the institute, Mr. Stover, who lived in Chevey Chase, also briefly operated National Hospitalization Inc., and insurance firm, and was executive of W. h. m. Stover Inc., with interests in hotel management and real estate.

In the early 1970s, he helped organize a community effort called "Help Your Police Fight Crime." He was the author of three books, "Don't Just Deplore Discrimination -- Do Something," "How to Find Inner Peace and Learn to Relax," and "Don't Let Cancer Throw You."

Survivors include his wife, the former Ruby Rives of Chevy Chase, a son, William M., of Washington, and a sister, Gertrude Bright, and three brothers, Gilbert E., George M. and Richard C., all of Towson.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Calvary Baptist Church in Washington.