Although you don’t always recognize it in today’s game, the role of coaching in basketball is all too important.
There is more to playing this great game than just playing.
Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something that you want done because he wants to do it.
Nothing improves an athlete’s hearing as much as praise.
It’s not what you tell your players that counts. It’s what they hear.
Use your words to build confidence in others.
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Perhaps once in a hundred years a person may be ruined by excessive praise, but surely once every minute someone dies inside for lack of it.
A great leader has a knack for making others think they are better than they think they are.
Spread the seeds of encouragement far and wide, and delight in the bountiful harvest that they will surely bring.
The things which hurt, instruct.
You cannot manage men into battle. You manage things; you lead people.
The coach is first of all a teacher.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
When you handle yourself, use your head; when you handle others, use your heart.
Young people need models, not critics.
Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. They make the impossible happen.
It doesn’t matter where you coach, it matters why you coach.
If you keep too busy learning the tricks of the trade, you may never learn the trade.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but harsh words cause quarrels.
Criticize the performance. Not the performer.
A real leader does not lead…he is content to show the way.
Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I may not forget you.
Help people reach their full potential. Catch them doing something right.
How do you want to be remembered?
Discipline and demand without being demeaning.
You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.
Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
Although the distance between the two is roughly 12 inches, the response from a pat on the back and a kick in the pants is noticeably different.
Children are a great deal more apt to follow your lead than the way you point.
I got a fortune cookie that said, ‘To remember is to understand.’ I have never forgotten it. A good judge remembers what it was like to be a lawyer. A good editor remembers being a lawyer. A good parent remembers what it was like to be a child.
Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be silent.
Keep cool and you command everybody.
A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.
You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.
Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be.
Management is doing things right, leadership is doing the right things.
The problem with most leaders today is they don’t stand for anything. Leadership implies movement toward something, and convictions provide that direction. If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.
Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.
A player is supposed to perform to the best of his ability. It’s the coach’s job to see that this gets done.
To be a coach is to be a teacher. You have to teach people from different backgrounds to work together for the common ground.
Carry the battle to them. Don’t let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive. And don’t ever apologize for anything.
You can’t lead by memo…..leadership is a contact sport….eyeball-to-eyeball, on the field with the sound of the contest in your ears. Most everything else is noise from the grandstand.
Leadership is not magnetic personality—that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people’—that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.
The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer rules there are for players to break.
A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.
You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.
No person can be a great leader unless he takes genuine joy in the successes of those under him.
A boss creates fear, a leader confidence.
A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes.
A boss knows all, a leader asks questions.
A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting.
A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group.
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude;
be kind, but not weak;
be bold, but not bully;
be thoughtful, but not lazy;
be humble, but not timid;
be proud, but not arrogant;
have humor, but without folly.
Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.
No matter how small, acknowledge the achievement.
Keep it simple, when you get too complex you forget the obvious.
Successful leaders recognize that great innovation comes from observing the same ideas as everyone else and seeing something different.
I praise loudly; I blame softly.
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
You’ve got to put the players first. If you are in this business for any other reason, you are making a mistake.
In no other profession does the character and personality of a director play a more vital role in the development of young men than in the coaching of athletics.
My way of trying to motivate my players is to tell them how good they can be; to build them up, instead of tearing them down.
A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in results.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
A leader is a person you will follow to a place you wouldn’t go by yourself.
Communicate in a way as to leave as little room for misunderstanding as possible.
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
When I’ve heard all I need to make a decision, I don’t take a vote. I make a decision.
Strategy is something anyone can learn. But not all coaches take the time to understand a man’s personality.
I believe the objective of coaching is winning with integrity.
Coaches come and go. Records come and go. But if you touch peoples’ lives, they remember you.
Don’t prepare the path for the child; prepare the child for the path.
The supreme quality for a leader is unquestionable integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army or in an office.
Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation.
You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.
Good coaching may be defined as the developing of character, personality, and habits of players, plus the efficient teaching of fundamentals and team play.
A coach should not only direct; he should lead.