leaders take full responsibility

A man may make mistakes but he isn’t a failure until he starts blaming someone else. – John Wooden


John Wooden is considered one of the greatest coaches of all time and he still holds the most winning record in college basketball. He was successful because he made sure his players took full responsibility both on and off the court. From what I read about John, he really cared about his players and spent just as much time with them focusing on the personal aspects of their lives. He helped them understand fundamentals to success both on and off the court. Fundamentals on the court were putting your socks on the right way, so you would not get blisters. Off the court it was about being a person of integrity, being a role model to other students, the way they dressed, treated others and their grades.

If his players were not 100% responsible they would not play for him. It’s no wonder he was so successful as a leader and coach, he built “life” winners, not just basketball winners.

If something did not go my way then the first place I look is in the mirror! It’s not always the easiest way, but the only way if you intend to be a leader. I think John Maxwell said it best about leaders. “Your not a leader if no one is following you.”

Take full responsibility and watch what happens.

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