Here’s an idea I still have a hard time with:
“A philosopher is a person who meets all events, whether favorable or unfavorable, with calmness and composure.” These same traits are inherent in a leader, so he says. “A real leader is much more than a person with authority.”
“A leader, particularly a teacher or coach, has a most powerful influence on those he or she leads… I consider it a sacred trust…it is a privilege to have that responsibility, opportunity, and obligation, one that should never be taken lightly.”
“Adversity often produces the unexpected opportunity. Look for it. Appreciate and utilize it.”
“A person in a position of leadership must make decisions. Making decisions is a tough job. Those under a leader can make suggestions. Making suggestions is an easy job.”
No matter what you do, people around you grow if you are a leader, and you do it well.
“Basketball is just a game, but if I was doing my job as a coach, that game of basketball would help our players by preparing them to do well in life, to reach their full potential as individuals.”
This is what the Brain Trust is aiming at. Assisting its members in reaching their ‘full potential as individuals.’ Not only in their jobs, not only in their family life, not only at certain things but in their “full potential as individuals.”
Coach John Wooden – an iconic figure in 21st-century basketball, a leader of many, and an all-round unique human being.