John Wooden is one I could learn from

It is Monday which means my goal is to write about someone who I could and would enjoy learning from to help build my Leadership Development Skills. John Wooden is such a person as this. John Wooden, affectionately known as Coach, led UCLA to record wins that are still unmatched in the world of basketball.

John Wooden had devised his Pyramid for success which carried him to wonderful heights in what he set his hand to. I also think that it was John Wooden definition of success that he finally came to and taught it to everyone he led.

Pyramid of success

John was a man who had some wonderful observations into leadership. These observations are also the pillars for helping his ballplayers to not just be the best ballplayers in their sport, but, to develop leadership skills that would carry them on and off the field.

Allow me to share some of these leadership skill lessons that in my opinion can help all of us in our own respective field of expertise.

  • Ability may get you to the top, but it takes the character to stay there.
  • If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not doing anything.
  • Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do.
  • Failure to act is often the biggest failure of all.
  • Little things make big things happen.
  • The best way to improve the team is to improve yourself.
  • Don’t mistake activity for achievement.
  • Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.
  • The will to win means nothing without the will to work.
  • If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
  • Give credit to those who do little jobs in a big way.
  • Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished but by what you should have accomplished with your abilities.
  • The smallest good deed is better than the biggest intention.
  • You can’t make up for poor effort today by working harder tomorrow.

Now there is someone I can learn from. What about you?

What is one teaching you can take from this and go and apply in your field of expertise? Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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