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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 IIIMAINTAINING THE COMPETITIVE EDGE

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PRESEASON LETTER TO THE TEAM

JULY 26, 1970

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 that I make undoubtedly will be taken into consideration, either consciously or subconsciously.

SELECT MOST CAREFULLY

I don’t believe a leader has the power to magically instill character into people who don’t have it. By the time they arrive at your doorstep, it’s usually too late.

A father would ask, “Coach Wooden, will you be able to teach my son ...

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