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Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden

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2THE PYRAMID’S SECOND TIER

“Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.”

THE PREVIOUS CHAPTER FOCUSED on the foundation blocks of my Pyramid of Success—Industriousness, Enthusiasm, Friendship, Loyalty, and Cooperation. You may agree that this is a strong lineup for your starting five. I view these five personal qualities as being essentially values of the heart and spirit, less cognitive than those that make up the second tier, which is the focus of this chapter.

What follows is less about heart and more about the head; more specifically, how you put your head to use as an effective leader. I chose four traits for the Pyramid’s second tier that primarily involve control and direction of your mental faculties. For many, the first block is the ...

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