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


Pyramid, row two:  Self-Control, Alertness, Initiative, Intentness

Author’s quotes:


Control of your organization begins with the control of yourself.  Be disciplined.


Constantly be aware and observing.  Always seek to improve yourself and the team.


Make a decision!  Failure to act is often the biggest failure of all.


Stay the course.  When thwarted try again; harder; smarter.  Persevere relentlessly.”

Personal comments:

Self control was not an issue with organizations I worked with, except for one.  An individual was feared, and as a result limited the company’s ability to meet schedules, and consistently build quality products.  Why do I say that?  Fear detracts from the focus that is needed for success in life and work.  Fearful people focus on the cause of fear, which, as example, reduces opportunities, increases accidents, and often lessens quality.

Lack of Alertness also limits us, and too often the employee would not seek out educational opportunities.  At other times companies would not encourage employees to increase their knowledge.  Management saw it as an “unneeded expense”.

Initiative, I believe, is quite often related to Social Style (post of 5-20-15).  Analyticals and Amiables, are ask assertiveness which  can, and does, limit their ability to make timely decisions.  On the other hand Drivers, and Expressives (tell assertive), can and do make quicker decisions than were appropriate.  Example of why “team” is an extremely valuable part of a successful organization.  An appropriately assembled team creates a balance of the social styles, and better decisions.

Intentness is a quality not always apparent in companies listed on my Bio.  Well meaning, but lacking common sense, wasting employees’ energy and time that could have been used more effectively.

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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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