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


Pyramid, row five: Competitive Greatness

Author’s quotes:


Perform at your best when your best is required.  Your best is required each day.

Personal comments:

This seems to be a notion from the past.  Today, most people I see are not interested in being their best; more interested in cruising through life.  An old boss got upset when employees didn’t hustle along doing their daily work.  Today, living where I do, I see people walking by barely able to see any forward motion at all.  Not an especially valuable trait to be to be observed by our young people, our future (?).

Time to move on to another valuable book on leadership:

For my next series of posts I have chosen, “Leaders, The Strategies For Taking Charge”.  Copyright, 1985.  Author, Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus

From Wikipedia:

The Wall Street Journal named him (Warren Bennis) as one of the top ten most sought speakers on management in 1993; Forbes magazine referred to him as the “dean of leadership gurus” in 1996. The Financial Times referred to him in 2000 as “the professor who established leadership as a respectable academic field.” In August, 2007, Business Week ranked him as one of the top ten thought leaders in business.”[11] [12]

Quote from Leaders:

“Leadership” is a word on everyone’s lips.  The young attack it and the old grow wistful for it.  Parents have lost it, and the police seek it.  Experts claim it and artists spurn it, while scholars want it.  Philosophers reconcile it (as authority) with liberty and theologians demonstrate its compatibility with conscience.  If bureaucrats pretend they have it, politicians wish they did.  Everybody agrees that there is less of it than there used to be.”

Bennis and Nanus said there was, “less of it than there used to be”.  They would be profoundly disappointed by how far we have “slipped” from 1985.  Leadership is almost non-existent, in the true sense of the word.

“Leaders are like eagles; they don’t flock; you find them one at a time”

Next: Leaders

The Strategies For Taking Charge


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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