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Why Pride Is a Better Motivator Than Fear

Why Pride Is a Better Motivator Than Fear

Pride is a better motivator than fear. In his book Wooden with Steve Jamison, Coach expanded on this idea: Pride is a better motivator than fear. I never wanted to teach through fear, punishment or intimidation. Fear may work in the short term to get people to do...
Effective Leadership Starts With Effective Listening

Effective Leadership Starts With Effective Listening

You must listen to others if you want others to listen to you. This idea reflects the way that Coach Wooden chose to interact with other people. He was an extraordinary listener, in part because he knew each time he listened he would learn something. A wise old owl...
How a Leader Displays Faith in People

How a Leader Displays Faith in People

FIZKES / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM “The leader has faith in people. He believes in them, trusts them and thus draws out the best in them.” These are ideas from the essay “The Art of Leadership,” which appears in The Art of Living by Wilfred A. Peterson, Coach John Wooden’s...
8 Ways Effective Leaders Work With Their Team

8 Ways Effective Leaders Work With Their Team

You handle things. You work with people. This point represents a key distinction that Coach John Wooden thought was important to be an effective leader. The leader who simply “handles” people makes them feel manipulated and will never truly get their best effort in...
Why Leaders Must Give of Themselves

Why Leaders Must Give of Themselves

“Rings and jewels are not gifts but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of thyself.” This quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson was a favorite of Coach John Wooden’s, as the idea is central to successful leadership. The three key components of a good...