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Coaching Your Kids to Be Leaders: The Keys to Unlocking Their Potential

Pat Williams with a Foreword by John Wooden

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Format: Paperback, 304pp.
ISBN: 9780446193917
Publisher: Faith Words
Pub. Date: March 12, 2008

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Parents, coaches, mentors, and teachers all want the best for the young people in their care. And in this compelling book, longtime NBA executive and leadership guru Pat Williams says the best we can do for young people is to train them to be leaders. This way, the future leaders of our communities, our teams, our businesses-and even our nation-will build confidence, character, competence, and other essential traits they'll use for a lifetime.

Williams draws on more than 800 interviews and written responses to distill the wisdom of today's leaders in this practical down-to-earth guide for giving our children the best possible start in life. Men and women from many fields contribute their insights, including Red Auerbach, Jeb Bush, Chuck Colson, Dick Vermeil, Donna Shalala, Joe Torre, George McGovern, John Maxwell, Jerry West, and many, many others, as well as Williams himself. Legendary "Coach" John Wooden provides an insightful foreword. Pat Williams brilliantly organizes several lifetimes of accumulated experience into readily understandable and usable principles.


Williams—senior v-p of the NBA's Orlando Magic, former general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, author (How to Be Like Mike) and a motivational speaker—draws on the lessons he's learned as a Christian, a father (of 19 biological and adopted children) and a sports executive in this book on training and inspiring children to become future leaders. After interviewing more than 500 well-known leaders, including Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, leadership guru John Maxwell and Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, Williams concludes that effective leaders aren't born but made. He outlines seven steps to becoming an effective leader: "see a vision," "be a communicator," "build good people skills," "build good character," "build competence," "be bold" and "be a servant." Using Jesus as his model, Williams points out that the best leaders pursue their roles not for power but to serve. Not surprisingly, Williams claims that getting children involved in sports is the best way to begin teaching them leadership skills, but he also allows for other avenues, such as scouting and the arts. While Williams's core premise—that developing young leaders is a "top goal" for parents—is certainly arguable, readers who do place leadership high on their list of hopes for their children won't be disappointed by this amiable and instructive text.
—Publishers Weekly, Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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• "Leadership training begins at home. Though every youngster needs many leadership trainers, including teachers, coaches, mentors, Sunday school teachers, and youth group advisors, the earliest and most influential leadership training comes from Mom and Dad." Pg. 13

• "You must prepare yourself ahead of time in order to maintain your character and integrity when temptation comes. If you have not determined beforehand to conduct yourself as a person of character, you will fall and you will fail when temptation comes your way." Pg. 156


About the Author

Pat Williams is the senior vice president of the Orlando Magic, a renowned speaker, and the author of How to Be like Mike, The Magic of Teamwork, and Go for the Magic.

Table of Contents

Foreword by John Woodenvii
Introduction by Charles W. Colsonxi
Part 1 To Build Leaders, Start Early1
Part 2The Seven Keys to Effective Leadership81
Part 3How to Mentor and Motivate223

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