The late, great John Wooden, the famous UCLA basketball coach, spent many years developing his leadership skills and a system of leadership applicable to anyone trying to be successful in any endeavor.
Wooden developed his Pyramid of Success after years of experimentation, and stressed the importance of a strong foundation to support the pyramid.
The five blocks that form the base of the pyramid are:
These five traits are also important in helping a business builder with National Agents Alliance.
Every agent learns quickly that Industriousness is essential in building any enduring business. Without hard work, you will be hard pressed to make good things happen; there is no free lunch. Our business requires a lot of this type of effort, but the rewards are worth it!
The Friendship block denotes the camaraderie and respect a team needs to work effectively –This is not restricted only to athletic teams! It is a must in business, as well. Without mutual respect it is difficult to enjoy your work. If you don’t enjoy your work, it is difficult sustain the kind of attitude required for excellence. It is much easier to work at a high level when you enjoy your colleagues.
A leader tries to develop Loyalty within the team, and must learn to reciprocate. You must be loyal to those you lead if you expect to earn respect. Without respect, no one will follow.
Every organization of any type needs Cooperation to function well. The goal is to get the job done well without concern for who gets credit. Wooden puts it this way: “Have utmost concern for what’s right rather than who’s right.” When the goal is reached everyone wins.
Finally, successful individuals and teams must have Enthusiasm. It would be impossible to inspire others to greatness with a poor attitude. Positive energy and a real joy for your work sets a tone that others find contagious.
When you read Andy Albright’s 8 Steps to Success you learn how Wooden’s principles can be utilized to build a strong business team with NAA. In future posts we will discuss the remaining parts of the Pyramid of Success, but in the mean time, use the concepts here to strengthen the foundation of your business.