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‘The Captain Class’ describes the leadership traits of athletes that have taken their teams to greatness

November 2020
In The Captain Class – The Hidden Force That Creates the World’s Greatest Teams Sam Walker analyses the traits of great team leaders. He has looked at every men’s and women’s team from every major sport anywhere in the world throughout history and come up with a short list of the “the world’s greatest teams”.

The top 16 teams competed in American football, Australian rules football, baseball, basketball, field hockey, handball, ice hockey, rugby, soccer and volleyball. Walker has analyzed what those teams had in common. He’s come to the conclusion “that the most crucial ingredient in a team that achieves and sustains historic greatness is the character of the player who leads it.”

In the book Walker describes how the great captains took their teams to the top. They were leaders but not always their teams’ top stars – spoiler alert: Walker says Michael Jordan wasn’t one of the top Great Captains.

The Captain Class should be required reading for all young people trying to excel in team sports or in a leadership role in other areas, including business and politics.

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