“We’re all absolutely equal in having the opportunity to make the most of what we have.” –Coach John Wooden
Coach Wooden is considered by many to be one of the leading coaches of all time.
To do your best is part of the purpose of life. Plan for it and persevere. Focus on your capacities to serve more than comparing yourself to what others have or have not done.
Coach John Wooden coached 10 national championship teams and inspired many with books, speeches, and his Pyramid of Success. He lived to almost 100 years. – David
Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims taught 5 key practices for leaders at the Troy University Leadership Conference 2018, citing authors Kouzes and Posner:
- Model the Way
- Inspire a Shared Vision
- Challenge the Process
- Enable others to Act
- Encourage the Heart
APPLICATIONS YOU CAN USE TO OPERATIONALIZE THE BEST PRACTICES
- Choose the best practices you want to use into your Leadership Philosophy and Plan (your philosophy and best practices use for implementation).
- Write your leadership philosophy, outline your best practices for implementation, and list your goals for action (what you seek to do).
- State intent with others for how you intend to think, make decisions, and act (this helps them understand what and why you are are doing certain things–this models the way, inspires shared vision, challenges the process for those who do not plan or state intent, enables others better, and encourages others because you provide an example and possibly inspire them to also take action).
- Explain and show how writing and sharing your philosophy, practices, and plan is part of you modeling the way and inspiring a shared vision for how leaders can serve and develop people.
- Encourage others to plan and state intent so they will focus on the vision of the organization aligned with callings in their heart plus help you understand better and faster how to enable them to act.
Thanks to Dr. Rosser-Mims for sharing her insights in the leadership conference and helping me to share highlights with you. She is a past honoree as Outstanding Professor of the Year for Troy University. She serves as Associate Dean of the College of Education.