The fifth power attribute, personability, is probably the most difficult to achieve because it requires being hard on oneself. John Wooden, who was voted Coach of the Century in 2009 at the age of 99, was known for his selfless, humble, nondeceptive approach to leadership and life. During his 27-year career as head coach of the UCLA Bruins, he never had a losing season and won ten NCAA basketball championships.

Wooden, who grew up poor on a farm in Indiana, came to be a college basketball coach in a rather roundabout way. As a matter of fact, Wooden intended to become a civil engineer when he entered Purdue University, but instead majored in English and played basketball. Despite being offered a spot on the Boston Celtics, he took ...

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