John Wooden & Leadership

With John Wooden’s passing, we have lost a true friend. While countless accolades have been heaped on him for his basketball genius, Coach Wooden was, in essence, a teacher, revered for his refreshingly pure and simple principles. These values guided everything he did, from developing young players into contributing and principled adults, to motivating executive teams to work together toward a higher purpose.

Coach’s Pyramid of Success is a foundation for a balanced and generous life in full, and his passion in later life was to help educate people in these principles. We are blessed that Coach Wooden’s commitment to developing and nurturing the next generation of leaders continues through the John Wooden Global Leadership Program, which he chose to locate at UCLA Anderson. A hallmark of the program is the annual John Wooden Global Leadership Award bestowed on an inspiring CEO who embodies Coach’s values.

The UCLA Anderson website now features a compilation of videos of Coach’s discussions on leadership at the John Wooden Global Leadership Awards, and with students and alumni, as well as an opportunity to express your thoughts about Coach Wooden and his leadership teachings. UCLA has also created a website in tribute to Coach Wooden, with an extensive collection of video and commentaries from players and many others who knew him.


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