#235 Sam Walker: Best Selling Author of The Captain Class, on The Leadership Qualities of the Captains who led the Greatest Teams of All Time

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What do the Collingwood Magpies, the New Zealand All Blacks, Barcelona Football Club and the New York Yankees have in common? They’re all members of author Sam Walker’s list of the 16 greatest sports teams ever. It’s not the talent, the coach, or the strategy that made these teams great – it was the Captain. Syd Coventry, Richie McCaw, Yogi Berra, and Carlos Puyol led these teams to eternal greatness, and what made them great captains is not what you think…

Sam Walker is The Wall Street Journal’s deputy editor for enterprise, the unit that directs the paper’s in-depth page-one features and investigative reporting projects. A former reporter, sports columnist, and sports editor, Walker founded the Journal’s prizewinning daily sports coverage in 2009.

In addition to The Captain Class, he is the author of Fantasyland, a bestselling account of his attempt to win America’s top fantasy baseball expert competition (of which he is a two-time champion).

Show Notes 9:00 How Sam came up with his list of the World’s Greatest Teams 14:45 The Captain with the unconventional skill set 22:00 Why the best player is not the best candidate for captain 24:05 Who is the most important player on Barcelona according to Sam 30:00 Many times we bypass the “water carriers” for great players and miss the boat 39:30 Which “club” had two teams that made the top 16 greatest of all time? 46:00 The goal is Sustained Excellence not Winning Championships 48:30 Sam’s advice to coaches- Look for the charismatic connector 51:45 Sam’s advice to athletes – It’s all behavior. Study leader behaviors 58:00 Finding Sam

Finding Sam Website – By Sam Walker Twitter – @SamWalkers His Book on Amazon – The Captain Class

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