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Sam Walker

The Hidden Force That Creates the World’s Greatest Teams

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The Captain Class by Sam Walker explores the qualities of successful sports teams, discovering that the most successful are led by unassuming, gritty captains. It provides a unique perspective on leadership, and emphasizes teamwork and selflessness as key components.

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    The best teams have great captains, but they’re usually not the superstars you have in mind.

    Every once in a while, a sports team comes along that’s so good, it’s practically invincible. Between 1956 and 1969, this was the case for the Boston Celtics basketball team.

    Their domination during this period shows how important one key player can be to a team’s success.

    In 1956, the Boston Celtics had yet to win a championship, but that year they picked up a promising new player, Bill Russell – and they would go on to win 11 championships over the next 13 years.

    But once Russell retired after the 1969 season, the team fell apart and wouldn’t win a title for another five years.

    We can see this same trend in many other sports and with several other teams, including the New York Yankees, and their star player, Yogi Berra. For the Australian football team, the Collingwood Magpies, their success coincided with the presence of their captain Syd Coventry.

    In each of these teams, this key player is inevitably promoted to the role of team captain, but they’re often not the kind of captain you might expect.

    To begin with, these players are rarely the most talented athletes on the team. Instead, they’re often what people would call an “average player,” and their coach will usually be able to point to one or two crucial skills that they lack. They also tend to be quiet types who avoid the spotlight and interviews.

    Generally speaking, these team captains are not the kind of players who offer leadership in the traditional sense. And they’re not the ones who dramatically score points at the last minute to pull off a heroic, game-saving win.

    So what is it that makes these captains so special that they can lead teams to glory, but that the same teams can’t win without them? What elusive abilities do they hold? Let’s find out in the blinks ahead.

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    What is The Captain Class about?

    The Captain Class (2017) gets to the bottom of what it truly means to be the captain of a winning sports team. You might think all it takes to make a great team is to bring together the best possible players. This is just one of the many misperceptions people have about team sports. Walker points out that the best teams have captains who possess specific characteristics that enable them to lead their teams to victory.

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    The Captain Class (2017) by Sam Walker is a book that explores the extraordinary traits shared by some of the greatest sports teams in history, and why leadership is vital for success. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It goes beyond individual brilliance, diving into the importance of a truly exceptional team captain in achieving greatness.
    • With examples from a range of sports, the book presents compelling case studies that demonstrate the impact of strong leadership on team dynamics and performance.
    • Through in-depth research and expert analysis, Walker uncovers the surprising qualities that set these teams and captains apart, offering valuable insights for any leader.

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    When it comes to freakish success, lavish spending seems to have little to do with it.

    —Sam Walker
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    Who should read The Captain Class?

    • Athletes involved in team sports
    • Coaches, captains and team leaders of any kind
    • Sports fanatics

    About the Author

    Sam Walker is an award-winning investigative reporter and deputy editor for the Wall Street Journal, as well as the founder of the newspaper’s daily sports coverage. His other books include Fantasyland, a fascinating journey into the heart of fantasy baseball competitions.

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    The Captain Class is a compelling read that showcases the exceptional qualities of great team captains. Worth reading!

    Who is the author of The Captain Class?

    The author of The Captain Class is Sam Walker.

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