Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.— Stevie Wonder
Eye-opening Basketball Leadership quotations
A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.
I can't make every decision for you. I don't have 14 timeouts. You guys got to get together and talk
There are only two options regarding commitment; you’re either in or you’re out.
Be a leader by example. Be confident and humble. Love the unloved.
My goal is to win the next game one possession at a time. That's it. I don't have any other goals
The most important thing in coaching is communication.
It's not what you say as much as what they absorb.
What to do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.
Leadership is an action, not a position.
A leader's job is to develop committed followers.
Bad leaders destroy their followers' sense of commitment.
I hope I epitomize the American dream.
For I came against long odds, from the ghetto to the very top of my profession. I was not immediately good at basketball. It did not come easy. It came as the result of a lot of hard work and self-sacrifice. The rewards, where they worth it? One thousand times over.
I didn't get into teaching and coaching for the number of wins or the money.
It was a passion for trying to help young people
Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.
If Kyle Korver blocks your shot there should be a penalty box you should go to!
Leadership is action, not position
A lion never roars after a kill.
Leadership simply begins with the courage to be yourself. So everyone else can be, too.
If you don't feel you have something to prove every day, you'll never improve
The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.
I always mean what I say, but I don't always say what I'm thinking.
Leaders don't force people to follow. They invite others on a journey.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one.
The most important thing in good leadership is truly caring.
A group of donkeys lead by a lion can defeat a group of lions lead by a donkey.
One man cannot make a team.
If they don't have a winning attitude, I don't want them.
I told them my system was based on the "ant plan," that I'd gotten the idea watching a colony of ants in Africa during the war. A whole bunch of ants working toward a common goal.
Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.
When you have a problem, if you tell the truth, the problem becomes part of your past. If you lie, it becomes part of your future.
Set goals - high goals for you and your organization.
When your organization has a goal to shoot for, you create teamwork, people working for a common good.
When asked if he was a basketball player he replied No I clean giraffe ears.
A leader is someone who demonstrates what's possible.
I don't look at myself as a basketball coach.
I look at myself as a leader who happens to coach basketball.
During critical periods, a leader is not allowed to feel sorry for himself, to be down, to be angry, or to be weak. Leaders must beat back these emotions
You take those little rascals, talk to them good, pat them on the back, let them think they are good, and they will go out and beat the biguns.
Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.
In a team sport like basketball, every time you help somebody else, you help yourself.
I'm still waiting for perfection. In the meantime, I'll settle for persistence
Leaders must learn to discipline their disappointments.
It's not what happens to us, it is what we choose to do about what happens that makes the difference in how our lives turn out.
He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.
I just love the game of basketball so much.
The game! I don't need the 18,000 people screaming and all the peripheral things. To me, the most enjoyable part is the practice and preparation.
There is no such thing as life in-between.
People who are in it for their own good are individualists.
They don't share the same heartbeat that makes a team so great. A great unit, whether it be football or any organization, shares the same heartbeat.
Compare where you are to where you want to be, and you'll get nowhere
Leaders will not experience long-term success unless a lot of people want them to.