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304 pages
Jan 2005
Warner Faith

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

by Pat Williams

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Pat Williams’ Coaching Your Kids To Be Leaders is an excellent book on leadership. Elaborating on the seven key leadership principles in his previous book The Paradox of Power, Williams offers sound advice to any charged with the nurturing of children.

Father to nineteen children, senior vice president of Orlando Magic, and admitted “renaissance jock,” Williams does not rest on his success alone for the impetus of his arguments. After sending out some six thousand leadership questionnaires to successful men and women nationwide, Williams culls the wisdom and highlights the trends contributing to their collective success. Not surprisingly, parenting, reading, and sports are among the top influences in the lives of the leaders of our country.

With practical information and the exhortation to “start early,” there is something for anyone who deals with children of any age. Leadership is not limited to the select few, rather, Williams cites respondents who believe leadership qualities can be instilled in any child.

When I realized this was a sports book, I was reluctant to read it and put it under the stack of books at hand. However, it has proven to be thought provoking, delightful, and insightful. Williams’ stories, while sports-based, resound with wisdom and truth. The many and varied respondents whom Williams chose to cite make the book an eclectic and intriguing read. I highly recommend this book for anyone involved with children in any way. It is a modern day, How Children Learn. -- Suzanne Rae Deshchidn, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

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.