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The Essential Wooden: A Lifetime of Lessons on Leaders and Leadership by Steve Jamison, John Wooden

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PART IIPREPARATION AND TRAINING OF A TEAM

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PRESEASON LETTER TO THE TEAM

JULY 28, 1971

I am very interested in each of you as an individual, but I must act in what I consider to be in the best interest of the team for either the moment or the future. Your race or religion will have no bearing on my judgment, but your ability and how it works into my philosophy of team play very definitely will. Furthermore, your personal conduct and adherence to standards [the Pyramid of Success] that I make undoubtedly will be taken into consideration, either consciously or subconsciously.

WHAT IS YOUR STYLE OF LEADERSHIP?

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