Leaders Lay Out The Blueprint


Episode 17: Leaders Lay Out The Blueprint


John Maxwell says, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” 


1. Leaders define success for the team.

It is the sole responsibility of the leader of the team to define what success looks for everybody else. 

You can’t really do anything until you define what success is. 

 “I don’t care how tall you are… I care how tall you play.” John Wooden

There is not really anything you can do until you know what the goal in mind is. This of course is true for life, both personal and business as well.

 Glenn Llopis said in an article he wrote in Forbes Magazine, “Leaders in the workplace must recalibrate their definition of success so that it’s based on the opportunities and advancements they create for others and not just themselves.”

Successful leadership is something that happens naturally when a leader focuses on the true impact of his or her actions. 

In the blueprint of success, if you don’t take the time to define it, you gonna do to two things:

  1. You’re going to make sure that your team fails.
  2. You’re really going to hurt people.


2. Leaders promote success for the team.

It is the leader’s job to promote the success of the team. 

If something is going wrong, it is nobody’s fault but your own. If you start to put the blame on other people, you are not the leader. 

John Wooden’s Sets of Three:

  1. Don’t lie. Don’t cheat. Don’t steal. 
  2. Don’t whine. Don’t complain. Don’t make excuses. 

Hard work wins. When your team sees you putting in the effort, they’re gonna do exactly what you are doing. 

“A leader must be what he wants the team to be. Your example counts most.” John Wooden

QUESTION: What is the example that you are promoting to your team? 

You get what you tolerate. That’s it. End of story. The only reason anybody does anything on your team, bad or good, is because you allow it. 


3. Leaders celebrate success with the team.

 Your people, they want to succeed. They want to be successful. But they can’t do that until you put them in that position to win. 

“Success is peace of mind that is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” Coach John Wooden

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The One Minute Manager, William Marrow


MO’s Final Thoughts:

If you want to help your team succeed, you need to allow them to know when they are succeeding. If you give them the ability to see that, and communicate clearly, you will set your team up for lasting success, and you are going to make them, yourself and the company better during the process. And, when they see you years later, they will remind you of your time together.


Amazon Book Links:

Coach Wooden’s Leadership Game Plan for Success: 12 Lessons for Extraordinary Performance and Personal Excellence, John Wooden https://amzn.to/3cPksQL

The One Minute Manager, William Marrow https://amzn.to/3fEwlL9


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Published by MO

Born and raised in So Cal, MO has always felt a need to pour into the lives of others. At a young age he realized both his speaking and leadership gifts. Involvement in school student government gave him his first taste of leadership, and that was all he needed. Right out of high school, he took an intern position under his mentor of three years, and he eventually became a youth pastor. MO attended Azusa Pacific University and received a B.A. in Christian Ministries and Biblical Studies, as well as a Business Marketing Minor. He continued his education at Fuller Theological Seminary and attained a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in Family Pastoral Care and Counseling; he received his Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies. Currently MO serves in various ministries and consults both secular and religious institutions in leadership issues. He is Chaplain at Methodist Hospital in Arcadia as well as Chaplain in the US Army. MO is an author, professor, and competitive swim coach. He speaks at youth events and conferences around the nation and internationally. His goal is to add value to others daily.

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