These leadership concepts are from Richard Marcinko’s book, Rogue Warrior. He was the founder of Seal Team 6. These concepts were developed for the military, but have lessons that can be applied to coaching basketball as well.
1. I will lead from the front.
2. Everyone must prove himself and earn what he gets.
3. Better training leads to better performance.
4. The easy way is not the best way. If it is tough, then you are doing it right.
5. Keep it simple.
6. Don’t assume anything.
7. Don’t ask someone to do something that you would not do yourself.
8. Questions he asks himself to start each day
What is my mission today?
Was I always this way?
What will satisfy me?
Do I ever recognize defeat?
How can I turn today’s negatives into positives?
What is my ultimate goal?
9. I will test new ideas on myself first.
10. I am totally committed to what I believe and will risk all that I have for these beliefs.
11. I will back my subordinates completely when they take reasonable risks to help me achieve my goals.
12. I will not punish subordinate’s mistakes, except for when they do not learn from their mistakes.
13. I will not be afraid to take action, almost any action is better than inaction. Sometimes not acting is the boldest action of all.
14. I will always make it crystal clear where I stand and what I believe.
15. I will be easy to find and at the center of the action.
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