Discussion 7/8

Part 1 Summary on Leadership. Online Discussion Responses #7(This response is worth ten (10) points)

Instructions: Students must answer each question to receive the full ten points. Each answer to the question must be at least one paragraph.

1. (4 points) Based on the videos in the week 10 module, briefly describe from your point of view, what kind of leader you think John Wooden was to his players.

2. (2 points) Based on the contents of Chapter 1, briefly summarize in your own words the following quote from Chapter 1. “Industriousness and Enthusiasm are the Twin Cornerstones of Success.”

3. (2 points) Based on the contents of Chapter 2, briefly summarize in your own words the following quote from Chapter 2. “Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.”

4. (2 points) Based on the contents of Chapter 3, briefly summarize in your own words the following quote from Chapter 3. “In the end, the choice you make makes you.”


Question 1

John Wooden, who was a UCLA basketball coach, exhibited the distinctive leadership qualities of greatness, which are still remembered by the players that he taught. First and foremost, Wooden followed the servant leader model. He provided his players with care for their growth and development. Well-being became his main goal, as he aimed to serve others instead of showing his power. Second, he asserted that influence should be based on a mans character. He tried to lead through character exemplifying through his own life and values, which compelled others to follow him.

Consequently, his leadership style was characterized by simplicity and profound wisdom since he not only taught his players how to be successful on the field, but also shared priceless life lessons such as the importance of integrity, hard work, and teamwork. The result of this leadership approach is that it built a culture of mutual respect and support between Wooden, his subordinates, and his players. Alongside this, his leadership was personalized, and he recognized that everyone in the squad had diverse ambitions and agendas, which resulted in a unified squad through his coordination. For example, he occasionally called some bench players in, confirming their worth and letting them know that their input was valued. Finally, he possessed unshakable self-confidence, and he trusted both in himself and his players skills. His easy mannerism and strong faith in his competencies provided confidence and loyalty to subordinates and players.

Question 2

The quote Industriousness and Enthusiasm are the Twin Cornerstones of Success from Chapter 1 is an apt appellation for the key ingredients that are needed for gaining success. Industriousness, on which all prevail, provides the foundation of the path to success and symbolizes an indomitable spirit, which is an unbreakable pursuit of goals combined with absolute concentration. On the other hand, enthusiasm proposes both the enjoyable and the whole-hearted excitement that one must apply to achieve preset goals. It is a source of fueling motivation, an important energizer, and a tool for the development of a positive outlook that leads to greater goal attainment. Working together, these two features create a synergistic effect that will boost and even amplify the chances of success. Leaders who embody both industriousness and enthusiasm are not only great motivators for employees but also produce an atmosphere of excellence and achievement.

Question 3

In chapter two, the quote, Discipline yourself and others wont need to, highlights one of the fundamental principles of effective leadership through personal Self Discipline as the guiding principle. John Wooden focuses attention on the matter of self-control and personal responsibility that shape others adherence to these principles. Through discipline over oneself, a leader demonstrates the most influential aspect of leadership and encourages teamwork by instilling personal responsibility and accountability in their team. When a person has self-control and the capacity to regulate his own actions and choices, it will be less necessary for leaders to use precedential means or direct management. Therefore, one of the greatest principles of discipline is that it is an inside phenomenon, gradually extending to the whole team. Leaders who make self-discipline a priority not only create an environment that fosters accountability but also cultivate trust and confidence in that they set a good example of how to get things done and get them done right.

Question 4

In the end, the choice you make makes you conveys the core meaning that a persons choices in life are the ones that build his present and future identities. This assertion shows that everyone has power in their hands to form their characters, values, and future selves. All through our lifetime, we encounter a plethora of choices, big and small, which affect the course of our lives, and these choices demonstrate where our interests, convictions, and dreams lie. Whether we pursue integrity or dishonor, courage or cowardice, kindness or malice, all choices contribute to our personality and become a key guideline in our journey of life. This quote, therefore, represents a call to arms that we are not always thoughtlessly bound by destiny, but rather, we have the ability to make choices and be the architects of our lives. Ultimately, it stresses the fact that mindfulness and conscientiousness are keys to decision-making and encourages us to evaluate the long-term influence of our choices on our personal development


Online Discussion #8 Wooden on Leadership Part II

Answer the following questions based on part II of the book:

1. How do the lessons on leadership in Part II fit with Wooden’s overall message on leadership? (10 points)

2. Pick at least two of the chapters in this section that you think are the most important lessons on leadership and summarize them. (5 points for each chapter)


  1. Wooden has a very strong message on leadership and the importance of certain qualities to become a good leader. In his first part he talks about his pyramid of success and the aspects that go with it. In the second part, Wooden dives deeper into leadership and some things a good leader may encounter. He discusses how those situations should be handled and other ways to be a good leader. The lessons in part two align with Wooden’s overall message on leadership in many ways. Wooden discussed how being a good leader is difficult, takes time and has a lot to do with mental capability. In the second part he discusses things like emotions and values and how they influence leadership. All of the things he discusses in chapter two can relate back to his pyramid of success and play a significant role.
  2. I believe one of the most important chapters in part two is “make each day your masterpiece.” I feel this chapter holds value because productivity, the use of ones time and skills. He discusses how when time is used correctly it can be a great asset. I feel that sometimes it can be difficult to use time wisely and to the greatest extent, which is why I feel this chapter is important. The chapter also talks about preparing, being able to give 100% and most importantly, how not to waste time. Preparation and the amount of effort given correlate with not wasting time. When giving 100% and preparing, time can be used to its greatest extent and then become a great asset. The second chapter that I believe is most important is “Good values attract good people.” This chapter is important because it talks about character and values and how they can help someone become a good leader. He discusses the value of character and how it is touch to coach and that there is more to character than just honesty. It is important to set a good example and by doing this others can follow.