DougDE wrote:Couldnt disagree more. The strongest leaders Ive ever heard of are military leaders and I dont think they're walkin around smilin and laughin it up much. Leadership is doing the right thing and limiting mistakes and playing hard. Not facial expressions. How is smiling an "implied" leadership trait. And back to the time he spoke with Angelos being a lead up to a trade demand, when it happened he said in a radio interview he did it because he saw some things not going right and he wanted to speak up because he wants to win with "this" team because he lives here and has started a family here. Doesnt sound like a guy looking to skip out to me
I tend to think a baseball player is different in that he needs to be a clubhouse guy as well, meaning being upbeat and keeping the energy level high.
BUT, you all do prove a point in that there may be different types of leaders. While I was thinking more of an energy guy who goes around to give guys pats on the back and all, there is also the leader who sets by example. And in that way, he is a leader, in that whether his average is up or down, power numbers up or down, he goes out there every inning and fights. Could be down 8 runs and he still dives for balls, still has productive at bats.