It is my belief baseball, as an individual sport in a team concept, emulates life in the business world. So, the question becomes, “What does it take to be a leader?”
Rosalinda Torres, Business Coach and Consultant featured on TED talks, defined a leader as someone who is constantly improving by “determining [their] effectiveness.”
Sounds like baseball to me! Unfortunately in baseball most tend to let someone else determine our effectiveness. Too many players wait and react versus proactively improving by recognizing the issue and making a change on their own.
Sadly, our reactions are based upon an emotional panic state where each change we make is based upon trying to solve Outcomes versus Actions. This ineffective approach drives players to try anything anyone blurts out versus making a change based upon their own knowledge of hitting, fielding, or pitching. Our vision of what to do becomes more clouded with each hiccup and our focus drifts away from what it takes to resolve our issue and seems to concentrate on trying to solve what we cannot control.
“If I don’t hit I won’t play!”
“If I can’t get anyone out, I won’t pitch!”
“If I continue to make errors I won’t touch the field!”
Breathe…. seek the answer within, Grasshopper.
Make sure you fully understand what it takes to hit before you seek out a hitting instructor, the same for a pitching coach or someone teaching a particular position.
Instead of looking for resolution from someone else, spend some valuable time understanding what it takes to Hit, what it takes to Pitch, or what it takes to Play Your Position.
Certainly you can supplement knowledge with a lesson or two, but using your knowledge to find and select the best teacher is the difference. You’re making the decision to solve a particular issue and determine who’s the best coach to offer what is best for you. Finding someone who is helping you apply and perfect what you already know.
- Want to understand hitting? Check out, “Hitting is Simple…Have You Figured it Out Yet?”
- Maybe you need to mentally change how you play the game. Consider, “Plan to Win…A Success Guide for Athletes.”
- Read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outlier and find out what it takes to become an Outlier in the game of baseball.
- Take a few minutes to check out Rosalinda Torres website “Coaching and Consulting.”
I agree with Ms. Torres belief great leaders seek understanding from a diverse knowledge base and when they find that nugget, they are willing to take risks. With those risks comes effectiveness.
So determine your effectiveness and become that Great Leader of YOURSELF.
Until Next Blog,