EPISODE 20 - The 7 Traits of Elite Captains from the World's Greatest Teams w/ Bestselling Author Sam Walker

In this episode, Dr. Bubbs interviews The Wall Street Journal's deputy editor and former sports columnist Sam Walker about his new book The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams. Sam talks about how the world's greatest teams had one glaringly obvious similarity: the unique characteristics of their captains. He dives into the 7 common traits these men and women share, and how this propelled them to elite performance. Sam also busts a few myths around the impact of coaches and locker room speeches on performance at the highest level. The traits Sam describes have tremendous cross-over to leadership and team success in all realms: sports, health, business and life!

Captain Class "Lay Ups" 

1) Leaders are not necessarily born, they're made.

2) The best players on the greatest teams were seldom the captains.

Performance Hacks - The 7 Traits of Elite Captains

1) Extreme doggedness and focus in competition

2) Exhibit aggressive play that tests the limits of the rules

3) A willingness to do thankless jobs in the shadows

4) A low-key, practical and democratic communication style

5) Motivates others with passionate non-verbal displays

6) Strong convictions and courage to stand apart

7) Ironclad emotional control

Coffee Talk

Sam's quadruple Americano helps his cycle into work and dedicated book-writing time from 530am-900am...before he goes straight into his "real" job until 7pm!

About Sam Walker

Sam Walker is The Wall Street Journal's deputy editor for enterprise and investigative reporting projects. A former sports columnist, Walker founded the Journal's prizewinning daily sports pages in 2009 and oversaw the paper’s global coverage of sports news and major events across all print editions and digital platforms. He is the author of Fantasyland, a bestselling account of his attempt to win America's top fantasy-baseball expert competition (of which he is a two-time champion). Sam attended the University of Michigan and lives in New York with his wife and two children.

Follow Sam on Twitter @samwalkers and find out more at bysamwalker.com.

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