|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 10||Issue 498|
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"THREE LEADERSHIP KEYS" (BILL RUSSELL PART 4)
John Wooden Video Clip (56 sec.): Coach Wooden is asked: "What is your greatest responsibility as a coach?"
In Bill Russell's 13 years in the NBA (1956-69) his Boston Celtics won 11 championships. For the last two championships (1968 and 1969) he was the player-coach. Sports Illustrated named him "the greatest team player in history."
In 2001 Russell with David Falkner published a fantastic book on leadership, Russell Rules. In his book Coach Russell discusses three key ideas regarding effective leadership:
1. Toughness: "Some folks misconstrue toughness and fear. Fear is never inspirational, although it has the power to achieve results. You do not lead by hitting people over the head . . . that is assault, not leadership. Dictators who rely on fear as a motivation talk about toughness, but don't have it or understand it.
Some very unlikely people—Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr.—exemplify toughness. These people were not tyrants or intimidators, as one would expect a person exhibiting toughness would be. But they had convictions and beliefs that they held on to with fierce determination. That is an outward sign of toughness."
2. Kindness: "Real kindness is an act of strength and a tremendous leadership asset. Two thoughts my grandfather left me with were to praise loudly and blame softly, and not to forget a throne is nothing more than a bench covered in velvet.
Remember the five most important words: "I am proud of you."
Remember the four most important words: "What is your opinion?"
Remember the three most important words: "I appreciate that."
Remember the two most important words: "Thank you."
And remember the most important word: "You." "
3. Adaptability: "Be adaptable. Great leaders can follow as well as lead. It's the difference between an outside-in leader and an inside-out leader. Outside-in leaders are always finding ways to include others, to use, draw out, and promote others in their counsels and decision-making. Inside-out leaders rely solely on their own intuition, logic, and counsel, which they then project outward in the form of commands.
Coach Russell described Tom May, an outside-in leader he admired, this way: "He'd never say, "I want this done!" It would always be "I wonder if we can do that." or "I think it could look more like this." And then he would begin exploring the problem, project, or plan with his employees."
How do Toughness, Kindness and Adaptability fit in to your Leadership Style?
Yours in Coaching,
Promotion comes to him who sticks
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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