The Captain Class

The Hidden Force that Creates the World's Greatest Teams

Ranked #43 in Sports Psychology, Ranked #90 in Interactions

From the founding editor of The Wall Street Journal's sports section comes a bold new theory of leadership drawn from the elite captains who inspired their teams to achieve extraordinary success.

Named one of the best business books of the year by CNBC, strategy+business, Forbes, and

The secret to winning is not what you think it is.
It's not the coach. It's not the star.
It's not money. It's not a strategy.
It's something else entirely.

Several years ago, Sam Walker...

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Ryan Holiday AuthorThis was definitely the best business/leadership book I read this year. It proves that we have really missed what makes great teams and organizations work. It’s not star players, it’s not even how much they can spend–it’s whether they have great captains. Walker’s chapter on “carrying the water” had some great insights re: Ego is the Enemy and I think this incredibly well-written book should be studied by anyone trying to build a great organization (or trying to find a role for themselves inside one). (Source)

Eric Ries Founder/Long-Term Stock ExchangeA fascinating book about the one thing that the greatest sports teams in history have in common and the critical aspects of leadership they share. (Source)

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