Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Seven Leadership Secrets of Great Team Captains


Current and future association and nonprofit leaders can learn a lot by examining “The Captain Class: The Hidden Force that Creates The World’s Greatest Teams,” a new book written by Wall Street Journal editor Sam Walker. The Journal ran excerpts in its May 13-14 edition.

“The leaders of history’s most dominant sports teams took risks, engaged in dissent, embraced grunt work and hated giving speeches,” an excerpt from ‘The Captain Class.’

Walker offered a video summary of his book.  

The Seven Leadership Secrets:


  1. They took care of tough, unglamorous tasks.
  2. They broke the rules – for a purpose.
  3. They communicated practically, not in grand speeches.
  4. They knew how to use deeds to motivate.
  5. They were independent thinkers, unafraid to dissent.
  6. They were relentless.
  7. They possessed remarkable emotional self control.

Do you see any or all of these seven traits in your association’s leaders? Should you?
Your thoughts? 

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By the way, Walker’s 16 Greatest Teams are:

Collingwood Maggles - Australian rules football (1927-1930)
New York Yankees (1949-1953)
Hungarian national soccer team (1950-1955)
Montreal Canadians of National Hockey League (1955-1960)
Boston Celtics of National Basketball Association (1956-1969)
Brazil national soccer team (1958-1962)
Pittsburgh Steelers of National Football league (1974-1980)
Soviet Union national ice hockey team (1980-1984)
New Zealand All Blacks national rugby team (1986-1990)
Cuba national woman’s volleyball team (1991-2000)
Australia woman’s national field hockey team (1993-2000)
U.S. national woman’s soccer team (1996-1999)
San Antonio Spurs of National Basketball Association (1997-2016)
Barcelona professional soccer (2008-2013)
France national handball (2008-2015)
New Zealand All Blacks national rugby team (2011-2015)

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