Leadership, Part 2

In a previous post we discussed the strong foundation needed to build an enduring National Agents Alliance business, or any endeavor, and we based the lesson on the “Pyramid of Success” developed by the late John Wooden, the famous UCLA basketball coach and expert on leadership.

After the five building blocks that make up the base, or foundation, the next two levels of Wooden’s success pyramid are made up of these traits:

  • Self-Control
  • Alertness
  • Initiative
  • Intentness
  • Condition
  • Skill
  • Team Spirit

Wooden's Pyramid of Leadership, Middle

To command respect, a leader must be disciplined, and therefore Self-Control a must.  It is difficult to get people to follow you if you cannot control yourself.

Alertness means that the leader is always aware and observant of what is going on around the business, the team, and is able to meet challenges in a timely fashion, never being blind-sided or surprised by circumstances.

To have the trait of Initiative requires decision-making skills, without procrastination, setting the example that no task is too small for anyone.

Any time that things become difficult, the leader displays the trait of Intentness, or perseverance, never surrendering, but working harder and smarter to overcome whatever roadblock life tries to put across the road to success.

Andy Albright’s 8 Steps to Success stresses being teachable and Wooden’s Pyramid of Success similarly highlights the building block he calls Skill, which he describes as “what a leader learns after he’s learned it all.” Followers are looking to you, and you can never stop learning.  If you stop, they will too.

In any organization, strong character is required for long-term success, and here Wooden emphasizes the importance of Condition of the body and mind as equally important as ability. It is obvious to everyone that ability is required, but many overlook the importance of having a well-conditioned mental, moral and physical character.

Everyone has probably heard the old cliché, “There is no “I” in Team,” and most understand the meaning.  Leaders know how crucial Team Spirit is to success any time there is more than one person involved, and embody the idea of “we” superseding “me.”  A good way to lose the team is to grab all the glory for yourself.  We know a lot more can be accomplished when no one cares who gets credit.  Top leaders at National Agents Alliance always work hard to promote and edify others, and make sure everyone gets their fair share of the credit.

Watch for the final installment on Wooden’s Pyramid of Success where we’ll take you to the peak of the pyramid and Coach Wooden’s final secrets of leadership.

Leadership, Part 1 | Leadership, Part 2 | Leadership, Part 3

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