Leadership Lessons from Baseball
What can business leaders learn from San Francisco Giants baseball manager Bruce Bochy, who led two diverse teams to World Series championships in three years? The secret lies in his communication skills, humility, confidence and ability to manage away from a superstar mentality. Bochy epitomizes what management consultant Jim Collins calls a ‘level-five leader’, someone who can transform a company from good to great through a paradoxical combination of personal humility plus professional will. A level-five leader acts with quiet, calm determination and relies on inspiration, not charisma to motivate. He demonstrates an unwavering resolve to do whatever it takes to produce results, no matter how difficult."
An essential lesson from Bochy is that culture matters. Before games, you would see players jumping up and down in the dugout having fun. Instead of telling them to get serious for the big game ahead, Bochy allowed the team to be themselves. They enjoyed playing together and played better when they were loose and relaxed. In business, helping establish a culture in whatever way is right for your company is time and money well spent. Team bonding activities may in some cases seem childish, like the pranks going on in the Giant’s dugout, but they helped keep the team resilient and optimistic when faced with fierce competition.”
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One of the most powerful questions you can ask yourself is “Am I a level-five leader bring out the best in people?” Emotionally intelligent and socially intelligent organizations provide executive coaching for collaborative leaders who create world-class teams.
Working with a seasoned executive coach and leadership consultant trained in emotional intelligence and incorporating assessments such as the Bar-On EQ-I, CPI 260 and Denison Culture Survey can help you create a happy company where everyone is motivated and fully engaged. You can become a leader who models emotional intelligence and social intelligence, and who inspires people to become fully engaged with the vision, mission and strategy of your company.
About Dr. Maynard Brusman
Dr. Maynard Brusman is a consulting psychologist, executive coach and trusted advisor to senior leadership and executive teams. He is the president of Working Resources, a leadership consulting and executive coaching firm. We specialize in helping San Francisco Bay Area companies and law firms assess, select, coach, and retain emotionally intelligent leaders. Maynard is a highly sought-after speaker and workshop leader. He facilitates leadership retreats in Northern California and Costa Rica. The Society for Advancement of Consulting (SAC) awarded Dr. Maynard Brusman "Board Approved" designations in the specialties of Executive Coaching and Leadership Development.