Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees is retiring this year. There has been much that has been written about him and his achievements. In my Daily Research on the Grid, this from the Social Communities Manager @ Experian, Adam Rodgers, was right on in LinkedIn on lessons to be learnt by all aspiring leaders:
1. Respect: Have you ever heard someone speak poorly of Jeter? Or hear him speak ill of another player? I haven't, he shows respect to every player, coach, person on the field. He seems to always find something good about the person he is referring to. Even people who hate the Yankees have a soft spot for him.
2. Work Ethic: You can't make it in major league baseball without working hard, you can't stay in the majors without showing up every day and giving it your all.
3. Perseverance: Have you ever been in a slump at work? You better believe Jeter has had a couple over the last couple of decades. But you focus on what's working right, you show up to work everyday, and work on what's broken until it's fixed.
4. Grace/Modesty: This year Jeter has been to ball park after ball park where he's been honored and given special awards; each unique to the team he's visiting. He has be gracious, and self deprecating as he receives well deserved praise. There is a genuine thankfulness to him.
5. Loyalty: think about this for a second, Derek Jeter has worked for the same company for 19 years, more than 400 people have played the same position as him during that time. He's been through office moves (Old Yankee Stadium to the New Yankee Stadium) and promotions (his nickname is "The Captain,") and throughout it all he shows up everyday to play.This is as Nike's Air Jordan produced this which was really cool to remember that all begins with Respect....Lessons to be learnt for Sure....
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