As Parkville moves into a new era of private enterprise and new faces at the government level, we thought now would be as good of a time to share the "Wizard of Westwood's" legendary "12 lessons in leadership."
Wooden -- referred to simply as "Coach" out of respect -- showed that you can win by losing, and that losers, ultimately, never win. One of his more famous quotes: "You can lose when you outscore somebody in a game. And you can win when you’re outscored.”
But Coach won...a lot. For those of you unaware, Mr. Wooden won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period (seven in a row) as head coach at UCLA, an unprecedented feat, and his teams won a record 88 consecutive games. But even today, if you were to ask his players about what they really remembered about their time at UCLA, they wouldn't talk about bouncing a ball...they'd point to the life lessons he shared, and lived by until his death at age 99.
They are as follows:
- Lesson #1: Good Values Attract Good People
- Lesson #2: Love Is The Most Powerful Four-Letter Word
- Lesson #3: Call Yourself A Teacher
- Lesson #4: Emotion Is Your Enemy
- Lesson #5: It Takes 10 Hands To Make A Basket
- Lesson #6: Little Things Make Big Things Happen
- Lesson #7: Make Each Day Your Masterpiece
- Lesson #8: The Carrot Is Mightier Than A Stick
- Lesson #9: Make Greatness Attainable By All
- Lesson #10: Seek Significant Change
- Lesson #11: Don’t Look At The Scoreboard
- Lesson #12: Adversity Is Your Asset