The Captain Class: The Hidden Force Behind The World's Greatest Teams
ISBN: 0812997190
EAN13: 9780812997194
Language: English
Pages: 352
Dimensions: 1.3" H x 9.6" L x 6.5" W
Weight: 1.26 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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From the founding editor of The Wall Street Journal's sports section comes a bold new theory of leadership drawn from the elite captains who inspired their teams to achieve extraordinary success.

Named one of the best business books of the year by CNBC, The New York Times, Forbes, strategy+business, The Globe and Mail, and Sports Illustrated

Now featuring analysis of the five-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and their captain, Tom Brady

The seventeen most dominant teams in sports history had one thing in common: Each employed the same type of captain--a singular leader with an unconventional set of skills and tendencies. Drawing on original interviews with athletes, general managers, coaches, and team-building experts, Sam Walker identifies the seven core qualities of the Captain Class--from extreme doggedness and emotional control to tactical aggression and the courage to stand apart. Told through riveting accounts of pressure-soaked moments in sports history, The Captain Class will challenge your assumptions of what inspired leadership looks like.

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   Leadership and Sports - a Delightful Duo
A sports book that doubles as a book of leadership - not a bad combo. What I have appreciated is that it was more narrative driven and diagnostic than prescriptive and motivational. Miller's research is extensive, his method interesting and his conclusions are fascinating. For a sports fan and someone who works on a team in the management, this book was a delightful blend and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
 
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   this ranks as one of my least favorite of all time
I fall into the camp of more likely to rate positively than negatively. This book was entertaining as a sports fan for a while, but the leadership principles were completely subjective and really negative. Sports leaders are certainly different than leaders in other topics, but this is not the type of book that will make someone better at anything. Unless you want to listen to the sports stories themselves, I would avoid this.
 
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   The truth about leadership
Good read for sports fans and business people alike. The book changed my view of effective leadership completely. The book gave a more realistic perspective of the type of leadership that succeeds in the real world. This book would make a perfect gift to the newly graduated college graduate entering the job market.
 
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   Best book I've read this year (& maybe last year
The best book I read that year. I've read a lot and this book was a paradigm shift for me. The idea of a team captain seems to be as relevant now as a letterman jacket, so it doesn't really have much significance. After reading this book, the idea of a captain of the team seems great in the development of a RITICAL team. Great teams are led by Elite team captains and know that what you are looking for is not always what you might think. Most team captains are chosen based on popularity or seniority, but the selection of our team captain changes dramatically after reading this book. As a coach, I learned a lot from this book, but as a fan of the game, I found the stories and the research fascinating. Definitely a fun read.
 
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   Three Stars
Here there is some valuable information : I hope for more with 30 years of experience in teaching and coaching.
 
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   One of the Best Out There
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I worked for about a decade as a teacher and coach and have transitioned into the field of sports psychology over the last five years or so. What I loved about this book is that it fights through the fluff with years of intensive research on the greatest athletic teams of the world to provide a fantastic read, including stories, well-explained research and substantive takeaways. It is great and will be an outstanding read for you if you are a coach, athlete, parent or just a fan of sports.
 
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   Everything you thought you knew about leadership is wrong
What is most surprising about this great book is not so much that our assumptions about what makes a great leader are all wrong. The thing that has surprised me is that, at least when it comes to some of the best sports teams in history, the public can not even identify the actual leaders. We believe that the people leading these great teams are the highest point scorers or players with the most polished public personas. But these people are not the real leaders. It makes me wonder if many of the world's overcompensated CEOs who take all the credit for the success of a company are actually less consequential than everyone thinks. Everyone else should also read it, simply because it is highly entertaining.
 
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   Thoroughly researched and well written from start to finish. ...
The proof that being a true believer as team captain can be so important to team success, having a certain connection beyond sports world, and making this book a fascinating and informative read.
 
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   Sam has been great to correspond with about his work
Sam Sam Walker gives a thorough analysis of the leaders of legendary teams. As a coach and mentor of teams, there are countless tidbits that can be used with teams of all shapes and sizes. The Captain Class is a guide for coaches to use the leaders on their team. On top of that, Sam has been great to correspond with about his work. This book is highly recommended.
 
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