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What teammates say: to lead, be calm (and why that matters)

By Cinda Voegtli

Here's a quick post with an article full of notes on what it means to be seen as a leader by teammates.

I am a huge San Francisco Giants' baseball fan, and about to watch game 3 of the World Series tonight. Our local papers are doing a fabulous job posting daily background articles about the team and individual players.

In an interview with Wednesday's starting pitcher Jake Peavy, Jale brought up the team's catcher, Buster Posey, "in the midst of a long explanation of why he has been better with the Giants than he was with the Red Sox."  From the article

Peavy:  "Buster Posey is a unique individual and a unique player...”

Ask Posey about himself and he’s not likely to fill your notebook, but the men who trust him most are happy to fill the void...

To fully appreciate Posey’s talent, his pitchers say, you need to look into his eyes.   “There’s no panic in his eyes, regardless of the situation,” left-hander Javier Lopez said. “We all pick up on each other’s body language, and if you have a guy that’s a little nervous or tense, you’re going to inherit that tension. He’s able to separate that and I think that’s what makes us click.” 

The messages are short and precise and tend to hit the spot. “He’ll tell me, ‘Casilla – you have to believe in what you’ve got, and you’ve got a good breaking ball,’’ Casilla said, chuckling. “He always tells me to believe.”

With games hanging in the balance, he gives relievers of all stripes the same secure look and directness."    From another pitcher: "A calm, even temperament from your catcher can really help you settle down. He’s just calm, man.... The game is pretty easy to some people, you know?”  Posey does his best to in turn simplify it for others..."

Great points

He's calm.  That's the most-cited valuable trait by all his pitchers.

He calms  those key players down in high-stakes situations where their performance will make or break the game.

He helps teams click in the midst of stressful situations.

He provides short and concise messages, full of direct support. 

He makes critical adjustments with positive suggestions.

He makes complex, stressful situations seem simpler - actions to take, what's most important to do.

There are more details in the article. I always enjoy reading about "leadership brought to life."  Worth a read if this resonates with you! 

Have a great weekend!




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