In this behind-the-scenes look at the making of a champion, the coach of the Villanova University menu2019s basketball team shares his competitive and cooperative philosophy, along with lessons from his coaching career and the story of his personal road to success.
When Kris Jenkins sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to win the 2016 NCAA Tournament, it was a victory not just for a team and its coach but for an entire program. In his twentieth season with the Villanova program, including a five-year stint as an assistant to Coach Rollie Massimino, Coach Jay Wright had achieved his lifelong dreamu2014and witnessed the culmination of a decades-long effort to build a culture of winning around a set of core values.
In Attitude, Coach Wright shares some of the leadership secrets that have enabled Villanova, a private university with an undergraduate enrollment of less than 6,500, to thrive in the hypercompetitive world of college athletics. As he recounts the story of the 2015u201316 Wildcats, Coach Wright offers anecdotes from his own journey up the ladder of success, with lessons learned on the Little League playing fields of his youth and wisdom passed down from his coaches and mentors.
Each step of Villanovau2019sxA0journey to a national championship incorporates a signature term torn from Coach Wrightu2019s own motivational playbook. Here are key principles that aspiring leaders can apply, not only on the basketball court but in the boardroom, the classroom, and the living room. From learning to accept your role to remembering to honor those who came before us, Jay Wrightu2019s core values provide a positive blueprint for transformational team building based on the idea that anyoneu2014from the head coach to the last player on the benchu2014can be a leader when the moment demands it.
The product of a lifetimeu2019s worth of championship-level preparation, Attitude is perfect for anyone looking to build a team, achieve a goal, or nurture their own winning culture.
Advance praise for Attitude
u201CJay Wrightu2019s Attitude is filled with wonderful anecdotes, life lessons, and that which we all seek: wisdom.u201Du2014Phil Knight, co-founder and chairman emeritus, Nike
u201CIn 2015u201316, Villanova displayed the best attributes of a champion by playing hard, smart, and together. Jay Wright instilled those traits in his team, and in Attitude he shares the universal leadership lessons that helped it succeed.u201Du2014Mike Krzyzewski, head coach, Duke University basketball
u201CIn my four years at Villanova, Coach Wright taught me what it means to be a respected leader and how infectious a positive daily approach can be. Reading Attitude made me feel like I was right back with my teammates in a circle at center court after practice, listening to Coachu2019s insight into how I could become a better player and a better leader.u201Du2014Ryan Arcidiacono, co-captain, 2015u20132016 Villanova Wildcats
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