Leadership offers its greatest reward beyond that of simply achieving supremacy over the competition. At least, this was true for me.

The joy and great satisfaction I derived from leadership—working with and teaching others, helping them reach their potential in contributing to the team’s common goals—ultimately surpassed outscoring an opponent, the standings, even championships. It certainly surpassed the public attention that comes with achievement.

In fact, it was the hoopla and attention accompanying UCLA’s success in basketball that perhaps drove me away from coaching.

On Saturday night, March 29, 1975, UCLA played Louisville in the semifinals of March Madness at the San Diego Sports Arena. Going into the game, ...

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