Wooden On Leadership, John Wooden’s 12 Lessons In Leadership, Pyramid of Success, continued, Pyramid, row four: Poise, Confidence


Author’s quotes:


Be yourself. Don’t be thrown off by events whether good or bad.


The strongest steel is well-founded self-belief.  It is earned, not given.

Personal comments:

There are some who think everyone else should be like them.  If you have a strong belief in who you are and what gives you happiness and satisfaction, not at the expense of others, then be yourself.  Numerous times in my life I’ve been told to be “somebody else”.  First that takes a lot of nerve, and secondly they don’t have a clue what makes me “tick”.  I’ve related the story about an old boss who told me I should l should pay more attention to the needs of management.  I told him they already get enough attention.  I want to pay more attention to those below management.  His response was to be prepared to be carried out of the building on my shield with my sword stuck in my chest.  My response, “So be it”.

Poise and confidence go hand in hand.  Earning  “self-founded self-belief” can and does take time.  Being yourself, not trying to be someone your not, not intimidating others, nor trying to, will get you there more quickly.  The school of hard knocks has served me well, and gives me more appreciation for those who know who they are, no what they want (again, not at the expense of others), and are not afraid to express it.

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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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