How do you define success? 12 lessons in leadership from John Wooden.

John Wooden taught a doer makes mistakes.  If you’re not doing, you’re not learning.   Everybody makes mistakes.  It’s what you do with them that counts.

John Wooden – “Be quick but don’t hurry.”

“Success is a lot of little things done well” said UCLA Basketball coach John Wooden. He was one of the most successful coaches of all times who focused on personal excellence.

John Wooden’s 12 lessons in leadership.

  1. Good values attract good people
  2. Love is the most powerful four-letter word
  3. Call yourself a teacher
  4. Emotion is your enemy
  5. It takes a team to score
  6. Little things make big things happen
  7. Make each day your masterpiece
  8. The carrot is mightier than a stick
  9. Make greatness attainable by all
  10. Seek significant change
  11. Don’t look at the scoreboard
  12. Adversity is your asset

Here are 15 things Wooden stressed as being important in life.

  1. Industriousness – Success travels in the company of very hard work. There is no easy way.
  2. Friendship – Strive to build a team filled with camaraderie and respect.
  3. Loyalty – Be true to yourself. Be true to those you lead.
  4. Cooperation – Have utmost concern for what’s right rather than who’s right
  5. Enthusiasm – You energy and enjoyment, drive and dedication will stimulate and greatly inspire others.
  6. Self-control – Control of your organization begins with control of yourself. Be disciplined.
  7. Alertness – Constantly be aware and observing. Always seek to improve yourself and your team.
  8. Initiative – Make a decision. Failure to act is often the biggest failure of all.
  9. Intentness – Stay the course. Wen thwarted try again; harder; smarter. Persevere relentlessly/
  10. Condition – Ability may get you to the top, but character keeps you there – mental, moral and physical.
  11. Skill – What a leader learns after you’ve learned it all counts most of all.
  12. Team spirit – The star of the team is the team. We supersedes me.
  13. Poise – Be yourself. Don’t be thrown off by events whether good or bad.
  14. Confidence – The strongest steel is well-founded self-belief. It is earned, not given.
  15. Competitive greatness – Perform at your best when your best is required. Your best is required each day.

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