The Art of "Self Leadership"
Today's leaders must do more than manage change; they must thrive on it, and thrive on it with integrity.
John Wooden, Hall of Fame basketball coach and renowned teacher and philosopher, believed that a leader's most powerful ally is his or her own example. Affectionately known as the "Wizard of Westwood," Wooden had an unparallel record as a player and coach. He was the college player of the year at Purdue in 1932 and coached UCLA to 10 NCAA championships in 12 years, including 88 consecutive wins in the 1970's.
Former NBA greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton are just two of his many disciples. Both are very vocal advocates of Wooden as a man, coach and mentor. He didn't merely teach basketball. He taught young men the principles that would enable them to be successful in all of life's endeavors. Former players, who are now high school and college coaches or business and community leaders, proudly continue his legacy.They are now having a similar impact on the lives of future generations. He was a great teacher, great molder of character, motivator and leader. His records provided notoriety; his example, and the ability to develop people and teams earned him respect as a leader. For years, after his coaching days ended, he would travel the country teaching organizations how to successfully develop individuals and teams. He was a humble man that inspired greatness. A "Seven Point Creed," given to him by his father upon graduation from grammar school, was the foundation of his value system and leadership; a value system we could use more of today. The creed is:
*Be true to yourself.
*Make each day your masterpiece.
*Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
*Make friendship a fine art.
*Build a shelter against a rainy day.
*Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.