Today I want to introduce you to the middle, or as Coach Wooden often referred to it, the “heart” of his Pyramid of Success.
In order to be successful in any area of your life, Coach Wooden believed that you must possess the qualities of Condition, Skill and Team Spirit.
CONDITION – In addition to possessing physical strength, Coach Wooden believed that individuals and teams must also have mental and moral strength. Mental and moral strength is a byproduct of the consistent practice of moderation and balance in all you do. Coach Wooden often cautioned his team by saying, “…when moderation and balance are lacking in their choices and subsequent actions, the team can be damaged; dissipation is destructive.”
There is a choice you have to make, in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make, makes you. –Anon
SKILL – Coach Wooden believed that whatever your role in life you must be able to master and perform all aspects of your work with great skill. The best leaders are those who value life-long learning. As leaders you must not only acquire and apply knowledge and skill in your own life, but you must be able to effectively instill that knowledge and skill in the hearts and minds of those on your team.
TEAM SPIRIT – Team unity and cohesion is critical to organizational success. Coach Wooden agreed, but added that team spirit is “an eagerness to sacrifice personal interests or glory for the welfare of all.” Team spirit embodies selflessness and consideration and elevates the goals of the entire team above all else. Whether you are leading your family, children, a sports team, volunteer group or corporation, your success will be contingent on your ability to foster a team