Today's NY Times sports section had a wonderful article featuring Cori Close, Head Coach of UCLA women's basketball. It talked about the impact John Wooden has had on her coaching and the cherished relationship they developed over the years.
Wooden's long established and respected Pyramid of Success has served many leaders over the years. For me, two things stand out: intentness and alertness. Each of these characteristics serve leaders because behind them is one's clarity and purpose to what they are doing.
Cori Close shares, "it's equipping them to be leaders". Yes greatness on the court, but in her discussion with a former UCLA player John Vallely, a member of the '69 and '70 title teams, Wooden's coaching was all about his success in life.
And this all leads to what Wooden refers to as "competitive greatness". And I believe this is competitive greatness on the court and in life. Coaching helps bring this clarity and purpose and that's why Cori Close is building a culture that is long lasting for the program and her players.