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Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden

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5USE THE MOST POWERFUL FOUR-LETTER WORD

“I will not like you all the same, but I will love you all the same.”

AT SOME POINT, LATER than I’d care to admit, it became clear to me that the most productive model for good leadership is a good parent. A coach, teacher, and leader, in my view, are all basic variations of being a parent. And while parenting is the most important job in the world, leadership isn’t far behind. I revere the opportunity and obligation it confers, namely, the power to change lives and make a difference. For me, leadership is a sacred trust.

A leader in sports, business, or any other field of endeavor should possess and provide the same qualities inherent in a good parent: character, consistency, dependability, accountability, ...

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