The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World’s Greatest Teams

The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams Author Sam Walker
ISBN-10 352
Year 2017-05-16
Pages The founding editor ofThe Wall Street Journalssports section profiles the greatest teams in history and identifies the counterintuitive leadership qualities of the unconventional men and women who drove them to succeed The secret to winning is not what you think it is Its not the coach Its not the star Its not money Its not a strategy Its something else entirely Several years ago Sam Walker set out to answer one of the most hotly debated questions in sports What are the greatest teams of all time He devised a formula then applied it to thousands of teams from leagues all over the world from the NBA to the English Premier League to Olympic field hockey When he was done he had a list of the sixteen most dominant teams in history At that point he became obsessed with another more complicated question What did these freak teams have in common As Walker dug into their stories a pattern emerged Each team had the same type of captaina singular leader with an unconventional skill set who drove it to achieve sustained historic greatness Fueled by a lifetime of sports spectating twenty years of reporting and a decade of painstaking research The Captain Class tells the surprising story of what makes teams exceptional Drawing on original interviews with athletes from two dozen countries as well as general managers coaches executives and others skilled at building teams Walker identifies the seven core qualities of this Captain Classfrom extreme doggedness and emotional control to a knack for nonverbal communication to tactical aggression and the courage to stand apart Told through riveting accounts of some of the most pressure soaked moments in sports historyfrom Bill Russells legendary Coleman Play in the 1957 NBA Finals to Barcelonas Figo Game against Real Madrid in 2000The Captain Class doesnt just bring these events to life it presents a fresh counterintuitive take on leadership that can be applied to a wide spectrum of competitive disciplines The men and women who make up the Captain Class were never the most skilled athletes nor were they gifted orators or paragons of sportsmanship They were often role players who were allergic to the spotlight In short the seven attributes they shared challenge your assumptions of what inspired leadership looks like Advance praise for The Captain ClassWell researched wildly entertaining and thought provoking InThe Captain Class Sam Walker presents compelling narratives about the secret ingredient to the greatest teams of all timeand quickly makes you reexamine long held beliefs about leadership and the glue that binds winning teams together Theo Epstein President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago CubsIn The Captain Class Sam Walker gives us important and original insights into the mysterious ingredients of transformative leadership A stunning mix of research and narrative Susan Cain bestselling author of Quiet If you care about leadership talent development or the art of competition you need to read this immediately Daniel Coyle bestselling author of The Talent CodeThe Captain Class is a brilliant hybrid one part detective story and one part leadership book set in the world of sports and dedicated to a fascinating mystery What sets apart the greatest teams of all time Im not even a sports nut and I couldn t put it down Dan Heath co author of the New York Times bestseller Made to Stick
Language English
Publisher Random House
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