5 Things That Leaders Can Learn From Baseball

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5 Things That Leaders Can Learn From Baseball
April 8, 2019


Timothy J. McClimon, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility

Now that baseball season is in full swing, there are many things that today’s leaders can learn from the game. After all, the term “bench strength” comes from baseball, and there’s no more important role for leaders than developing their teams.

So, here are some other favorite lessons from stars of America’s favorite pastime -- in their own words:

Keep Swinging

  • “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” Babe Ruth
  •  “My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was to keep swinging.” Hank Aaron
  • “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” Babe Ruth

Steal Second Base

  • “You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.” Reggie Jackson
  • “Don’t let your fear of striking out hold you back.” Babe Ruth
  • “Leadership is more about what you do, not what you say.” Derek Jeter

Play As A Team

  • “Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.” Casey Stengel
  • “Building a baseball team is like building a house. You look for the best architects, the best builders – and then you let them do their jobs.” Pat Gillick
  • “Baseball is a team sport played by individuals for themselves.” Joe Torre

It’s Not Over Till It’s Over

  • “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you.” Derek Jeter
  • “Good pitching will beat good hitting anytime, and vice versa.” Bob Veale
  • “Most games are lost, not won.” Casey Stengel

Watch The Game

  • “You can observe a lot by watching.” Yogi Berra

Portions of this blog post first appeared on Forbes.

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