Wooden On Leadership, John Wooden’s 12 Lessons In Leadership, Pyramid Foundation Blocks

Wooden quote:

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”

Success travels in the company of very hard work. There is no trick, no easy way.

Strive to build a team filled with camaraderie and respect: comrades-in-arms.

Be true to yourself. Be true to those you lead.

Have utmost concern for what’s right rather than who’s right.

Your energy and enjoyment, drive and dedication will stimulate and greatly inspire others.”

Personal comments:

I found the five, he chose to be the foundation of his Pyramid Of Success, interesting. When I think of my experiences with managers, for those who could or would not grasp the meaning of leadership, their foundation blocks would have looked differently. “Hard work” would have replaced “industriousness”, but in doing so they would have missed the difference in value (nuance) of the two words. Management tends to be authoritarian in speech and behavior, not likely to conger up any or many of the words in Wooden’s foundation (friendship, loyalty, cooperation, enthusiasm). Let that sink in for a moment.

Friendship is defined in many ways. I think Wooden meant it defined as, “a state of mutual trust and support”. This takes some time to accomplish. Personal agendas are more powerful (can be disguised as “friendship”), and leaders need to be aware of the consequences.

Loyalty (building allegiance), requires great patience, great listening skills, desire, and ability. One of my pet peeves are those who think they can build loyalty, but only communicate when it suits them. To build loyalty self-centeredness won’t accomplish it. It requires giving of yourself, meaningfully, at times even when “time” is hard to find.

Cooperation, again, is a term that can be defined to “fit” the managers personal agenda. If you recall, in a previous post, the word was used in the following sentence (by a staff member), “Demonstrates cooperation, internal unity, loyalty to the mission and constancy of purpose.” I commented, “This person was still in the “Win-Lose” mentality.” His definition of cooperation was 180 degrees from mine, and I would suggest Wooden’s as well.

Enthusiasm requires the right person in the right job. We have all had experiences with those who were poorly interviewed, and placed in assignments that did not fit the skills and abilities required for the job. I’ve relayed my personal experience about the time it took for me to find my life’s work. It does not happen quickly, and does require patience, and experience, and sometimes, quite painfully.

Next: Wooden On Leadership
John Wooden’s 12 Lessons In Leadership
Pyramid of Success, continued

Author: maxbinkley

Creator of Leadership to the Max My experience in the military helped set the career path for me in human resources. After the military I worked for The Dow Chemical Company and left there in 1993 to venture out on my own. I purchased a small business, then a franchise then started another business in semi-retirement.

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