Developing an authentic leadership style stands as one of the more important elements for all basketball coaches. The way you present yourself to your team, how you interact with your staff, and how you respond to failure all helps mold your personal leadership style.

Sometimes, though, before we can lead our teams and help our players reach the goals that are important to them we need to have our own lives in order. One of the ways to start accomplishing this is by honestly answering the following 11 questions that come from Paul J. Meyer’s Become The Coach You Were Meant To Be. Below that, there’s a list of great personal leadership quotes for basketball coaches to consider for their next team meeting.

Personal Leadership Questions

  1. Have I crystallized my thinking so that I know where I stand now and where I want to go?
  2. Are my vision, mission, and purpose statements clear to me and to my team members?
  3. Do I have a detailed written plan to achieve each important personal and organizational goal, and have I set a deadline for their attainment?
  4. Are my personal goals balanced with the need to help my organization achieve?
  5. Do my personal goals represent a balance among the six areas of life?
  6. Do I have a burning desire to achieve the goals that I have set for myself?
  7. Have I developed within my team members and myself a passion for achieving the success we’ve envisioned?
  8. Do I have supreme confidence in my ability to reach these goals?
  9. Do I trust my team members to strive toward success and to continue to develop more of their innate potential for achievement?
  10. Have I accepted personal responsibility for the success of my team – and for the achievement of my own personal goals?
  11. Do I possess the iron willed determination to follow through regardless of circumstances or what others say, think, or do?

Personal Leadership Quotes

  • Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you. – Eddie Robinson
  • Leaders are like eagles… they don’t flock. You’ll find them one at a time. – Knute Rockne
  • The higher you want to climb, the more you need leadership. The greater the impact you want to make, the greater your influence needs to be. Whatever you will accomplish is restricted by your ability to lead others. – John C. Maxwell
  • A prime function of a leader is to keep hope alive. – John W. Gardner
  • The leader demonstrates confidence that the challenge can be met, the need resolved, the crisis overcome. – John Haggai
  • It is the capacity to develop and improve their skills that distinguishes leaders from their followers. – Warren Bennis
  • Without organization and leadership toward a realistic goal, there is no chance of realizing more than a small percentage of your potential. – John Wooden
  • It is more than willingness to change that sets the true leaders apart. It is seeking out change and wringing every bit of potential out of it that takes you to the next horizon. – Ty Boyd
  • Leadership is the ability to get men to do what they don’t want to do and like doing it. – Harry Truman
  • A man who wants to lead an orchestra must turn his back to the crowd. – Max Lucado
  • There are no office hours for leaders. – Cardinal J. Gibbons
  • It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide what to do. – Chow Ching
  • It is the men behind who make the man ahead. – Merle Crowell
  • Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. – Harold S. Geneen

Related: Great Quotes for Basketball Coaches: Attitude


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