What You Should Look For In Employees Beyond Talent, According to This Championship Coach

On April 3rd, 2018, Villanova Head Coach, Jay Wright, lifted the NCAA National Championship trophy for the second time in three years. While no one can debate his achievements as a great coach, his success was not immediate.

Hired in 2001, Wright became the 8th coach in Villanova history. Initially, Wright and his team struggled. In each of his first three seasons, all they could muster was NIT appearances, delivering well below the expectations of the Wildcat faithful.

What could possibly have changed between Wright’s first and most recent three-year time span? The obvious conclusion would be an increase in the talent of players, but coach Wright knows this success stems from much more than that.

I had the opportunity to interview him on the recent episode of the Follow My Lead podcast and Wright articulated the answer plain and simple. A high-level of basketball athleticism aside, two important qualities must be found in each of Wright’s players: Competitiveness and Character.

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