Wooden On Leadership, John Wooden’s 12 Lessons In Leadership

Wooden On Leadership

John Wooden’s 12 Lessons In Leadership

Introduction and background on John Wooden (from Wikipedia):

John Robert Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010) was an American basketball player and coach. Nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood,” as head coach at UCLA he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period, including an unprecedented seven in a row.[1][2][3] Within this period, his teams won a men’s basketball-record 88 consecutive games. Wooden’s streak of seven consecutive NCAA Championships is even more remarkable and impressive because to this day no other coach or school has won the tournament more than two consecutive years.

Wooden was named national coach of the year six times.

John Wooden’s Seven Point Creed,[98] given to him by his father Joshua upon his graduation from grammar school:

1Be true to yourself.

2Make each day your masterpiece.

3Help others.

4Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.

5Make friendship a fine art.

6Build a shelter against a rainy day.

7Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

Wooden also authored a lecture and a book about the Pyramid of Success.[99] The Pyramid of Success consists of philosophical building blocks for winning at basketball and at life.

Personal comments:

“Wooden on Leadership” includes, “Pyramid Of Success”, and, “12 Lessons In Leadership”, which will be covered and commented on over the next few weeks.  I found his theories, his persona, and his success to be a great study in leadership.

Next week the foundation’s building blocks for Wooden’s Pyramid of Success will be discussed.  They are:


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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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