5 Leadership Lessons from Ernie Banks

Here is a beautiful story from Geoff Loftus at Forbes about Ernie Banks.

Last week, on January 23rd, Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, the man known as “Mr. Cub”, died. He was 83 years old.

Banks played for the Chicago Cubs, and only the Cubs, for 19 seasons. The Cubs had a losing record in the vast majority of those seasons. The Cubs’ losing ways didn’t stop Banks from hitting 512 home runs in his career (tied for 9th all-time when he retired), or making multiple National League All Star teams, or winning the league’s Most Valuable Player Award two years in a row. Nor did the Cubs’ constant losses stop Banks from loving the game, and more importantly, loving life.

What really struck me about this story was Ernie’s approach to leadership;

  • Enjoy what you do
  • Don’t begrudge others their success
  • Embrace change
  • Remember you’re only responsible for your efforts, not the final result
  • Kill’em with kindness

Here is the full article it certainly is an uplifting read and a great start to the year.

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