Sports

A look at the Yankees’ key closer

October 22, 2014
As leaders in most any line of work will tell you, becoming a leader is mainly about what’s in your head, not in your physical prowess or material advantages. Mariano Rivera is a good example.

The secret of success? Practice, of course

August 27, 2014
The Associated Press placed Babe Didrikson Zaharias in the top 10 athletes of the 20th century. “The formula for success is simple,” she said. “Practice and concentration, then more practice and more concentration.”

Build winner with run-and-gun strategy

August 6, 2014
Whitey Herzog, winner of a World Series as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, understood one of the most overlooked aspects of leadership: Make the best of what you’ve got.

Outmaneuvering the enemy

June 27, 2014

Whatever game they’re in, leaders become targets. For Bobby Orr, one of the greatest hockey players ever, that meant opponents worked harder to stop him as he gained success.

Lifting a team from worst to first

February 6, 2014
In just over a decade, the Tufts University men’s lacrosse team has gone from worst to first under head coach Mike Daly. Instead of focusing on wins, Daly urged players to take pride in mastering the details and always improving their craft.

Reinventing the knuckleball

July 11, 2013
R.A. Dickey’s career was failing. A pitcher in the major leagues, he struggled on the mound. To compensate for a ligament problem in his pitching arm, he was in the midst of reinventing his pitching style. Not only did he reinvent his pitch, he made it something unique—the knuckleball.

You can be quirky and lead

June 27, 2013
Baseball hit bottom in 1976, and Mark Fidrych hit the top. For one season, and especially for one night, the 21-year-old rookie with the Detroit Tigers led the country’s fans back to baseball.

Kelly Slater: Master of the board

May 23, 2013
How did a young man from Cocoa Beach, Fla.—a place not known as a surfing haven—become the greatest surfer of all time? Luck? No, unbelievable drive and determination.

Sports fans: Let the customers decide

May 9, 2013
Comedian Drew Carey, part owner of the Seattle Sounders soccer team, has a novel idea: Let fans vote on management. He got the idea from Spanish teams whose fans vote on key members of the club’s front office.

Baseball’s Earl Weaver on leadership

March 15, 2013
“Managing is work,” said Earl Weaver, legendary manager of the Baltimore Orioles baseball club, who died early this year, leaving behind some thoughts on leadership. “It’s constant decisions of whose feelings you want to hurt all the time.”