October is around the corner, and the MLB post-season is about to get started. The Red Sox and Braves already bought their post-season tickets. Teams like the Yankees and Orioles still trying to find a spot on their road to October. This is a good time of year to talk about how the game of baseball can be related to leadership.
An example of a great leader is the New York Yankees captain, Derek Jeter. Throughout the years he has been demonstrating how baseball is a game of adaptability and resilience. He has played 18 seasons in the MLB, with 5 World Series championships, 5 Golden Gloves and thirteen All-Star selections. Recently, he suffered a calf injury. Such injury makes him work on some adjustments on his swing and hitting stance at the home plate. The adjustments left Jeter frustrated, as he decreased his batting average in the first month of the 2011 season. But, his resilience and love to the game has taken him to record his 3,000 career hits by the end of the 2011 season, helping the Yankees to get to playoff that year.
But, how these two things of the America’s pastime can also be related to leadership? Last night, on his first at bat, Elvis Andrus (Rangers shortstop) sent out a 95 mph fastball from Jeremy Hellickson (Rays starting pitcher) to the upper deck level of the Tropicana field. Second at bat, Hellickson only needed a change up, a slider away, and a high fastball to strike Andrus out. Great business leaders are also able to adapt to certain scenarios. When trying to manage and coach their team without obtaining the desired results, they change their coaching method to adapt themselves and get the expected results. When they are not getting along with a team member, they analyze and adjust their coaching methodology. As a matter of fact, great business leaders adapt themselves to different scenarios according to the team members and the company needs.
The game of baseball is also a game of resilience. Two nights ago, Hanley Ramirez (Dodgers shortstop) hit 0 for 4 with 3 strike outs and a grounded out. The next game, he had to forget about his poor performance the game before and try to do his best to help his team to win. That night, Hanley hit 2 home runs with 4 RBIs becoming the hero of his team on that game. The same thing happens with business leaders. They can have a really bad day full of unresolved issues, unsatisfied customers, and budget cuts. But there is always tomorrow to forget about the bad things that happened yesterday and do the best you can to make things happen the way you expect.