Good leaders such as John Wooden have discovered that humility and selflessness are essential traits for successful and memorable leadership.
What separated Coach Wooden from most other coaches was more than his personal emphasis on encouraging the top physical conditioning in his players.
He was not only interested in his players’ skills on the basketball court: he also demanded that his team be men of high character and values. However, he made the same demands of himself.
“We had the ultimate role model in Coach Wooden” recalled former NBA star Keith Erickson in a 2008 address in honor of Wooden’s induction into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum’s Court of Honor. He described Wooden in terms denoting integrity, honesty and dedication. “And humility,”Erickson added with emphasis.
“I think of humility when I think of Coach Wooden. And when you think about the pages and pages of awards and achievements and honors that he’s received and won . . . those will never be equaled.”