John Wooden’s Desirable Coaching Traits

John Wooden at a ceremony on Oct. 14, the coac...

John Wooden at a ceremony on Oct. 14, the coach’s 96th birthday, to name the Reseda post office after the sports legend and long-time San Fernando Valley resident. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Wooden in my opinion is the greatest coach/teacher in any sport at any level. Therefore, you have and will continue to see many of his ideas, quotes, poems, books, etc…on my blog. If you want to be a better coach, teacher, or person; the only person you need to study is Coach Wooden. He is the best and has shared his wisdom in his books, interviews, newsletters, etc…Here is the latest entry that comes from Coach Wooden. These are coaches 19 Desirable Coaching Traits. Enjoy!

1. Attentiveness to Detail: You must prepare to win in order to be a winner. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
2. Impartiality: This is a must, but you must remember that you must not treat everyone alike as they are all different. Give each one the treatment earned and deserved.
3. Teaching Skill: It isn’t enough that you know the game, you must be able to teach it. Follow the laws of learning.
4. Discipline: Most essential for proper concentration and group organization.
5. Affability: The coach must be of an affable disposition because of the various groups with who he must associate.
6. Forcefulness: You must be firm without being bullheaded.
7. Alertness: Constant observation of all going on around and about are necessary for improved learning and decision making.
8. Optimism: The pessimist isn’t likely to produce a confident team that will play near to their full capability.
9. Desire to Improve: Lack of ambition will result in complacency and laziness.
10. Vision: A Picture of the possible must be shown to your players to provide a goal for them.
11. Consideration for Others: You must be truly considerate of others if you expect them to be considerate of you. You must listen to them if you want them to listen to you.
12. Resourcefulness: You must be ever ready to make necessary adjustments according to the situation and the personnel that you have available.
13. Cooperativeness: An essential for all who work with others and are dependent on others in various ways.
14. Leadership: Trust be commanded, not demanded. Others are working with you, not for you. Be interested in finding the best way rather than having your own way.
15. Industriousness: There is no substitute for work. Worthwhile things should never be easy to attain.
16. Enthusiasm: If you are to stimulate others, your heart must be in your work. Enthusiasm brushes off upon those with whom you come in contact.
17. Sympathy: You must be truly interested in those under your supervision and be sympathetic with their problems.
18. Self-control: Good judgment must be exercised in your decisions and they must be made through reason not emotion.
19. Sincerity: Insincerity can be spotted very quickly and cause loss of respect.

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2 thoughts on “John Wooden’s Desirable Coaching Traits

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