The Captain Class
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Several years ago, Sam Walker set out to answer one of the most hotly debated questions in sport: what are the greatest teams of all time? He devised a formula and applied it to thousands of teams across the world from the English Premier League to the NFL. When he was done, he had a list of the 16 most dominant teams ever. At that point he became obsessed with another, more complex question: what did these freak teams have in common? As Walker dug more deeply, a pattern emerged: The teams were all driven by a singular type of leader, but not one with the characteristics you might expect. They were unorthodox outliers – awkward and disagreeable, marginally skilled, poor verbal communicators, at times aggressive and rule-breaking and, rather than pursue fame, they preferred to hide in the shadows both on and off the field. Captains, in short, who will challenge your assumptions of what inspired leadership looks like. From the captains of world renowned teams like Barcelona, Brazil, the All Blacks and the New York Yankees to lesser known successes of Soviet ice hockey or French handball, The Captain Class unveils the seven key qualities that make these elite leaders exceptional. Drawing on original interviews with athletes from two dozen countries as well as coaches, managers and others skilled at building teams, Walker attempts to answer questions such as: Are great captains made or born? Why do so many teams pick the wrong captain? Why has the value of the captain fallen out of favour and how can it be revived? The culmination of 10-years research and a lifetime of sports watching, The Captain Class is like no other sports book and is guaranteed to spark endless debate and heated argument among fans of every sport.

Several years ago, Sam Walker set out to answer one of the most hotly debated questions in sport: what are the greatest teams of all time? He devised a formula and applied it to thousands of teams across the world from the English Premier League to the NFL. When he was done, he had a list of the 16 most dominant teams ever. At that point he became obsessed with another, more complex question: what did these freak teams have in common?

As Walker dug more deeply, a pattern emerged: The teams were all driven by a singular type of leader, but not one with the characteristics you might expect. They were unorthodox outliers – awkward and disagreeable, marginally skilled, poor verbal communicators, at times aggressive and rule-breaking and, rather than pursue fame, they preferred to hide in the shadows both on and off the field. Captains, in short, who will challenge your assumptions of what inspired leadership looks like.

From the captains of world renowned teams like Barcelona, Brazil, the All Blacks and the New York Yankees to lesser known successes of Soviet ice hockey or French handball, The Captain Class unveils the seven key qualities that make these elite leaders exceptional. Drawing on original interviews with athletes from two dozen countries as well as coaches, managers and others skilled at building teams, Walker attempts to answer questions such as: Are great captains made or born? Why do so many teams pick the wrong captain? Why has the value of the captain fallen out of favour and how can it be revived? The culmination of 10-years research and a lifetime of sports watching, The Captain Class is like no other sports book and is guaranteed to spark endless debate and heated argument among fans of every sport.

AuthorSam Walker
BindingPaperback
EAN9781785030284
ISBN1785030280
Height921 mm
Length602 mm
Width98 mm
Weight84 g
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages352
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2017-05-24
PublisherRandom House UK
Release Date2017-05-24
StudioRandom House UK
Sales Rank5881

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General information about The Captain Class
  • The author associated with The Captain Class is Sam Walker.
  • The EAN for The Captain Class is 9781785030284.
  • The ISBN for The Captain Class is 1785030280.
  • The height for The Captain Class is 921 mm.
  • The length for The Captain Class is 602 mm.
  • The width for The Captain Class is 98 mm.
  • The weight for The Captain Class is 84 g.
  • The language for The Captain Class is English.
  • The binding of The Captain Class is Paperback.
  • The number of pages for The Captain Class are 352.
  • The Captain Class is grouped in Book group of products.
  • The publication date for The Captain Class is 2017-05-24.
  • The publisher for The Captain Class is Random House UK.
  • The release date for The Captain Class is 2017-05-24.
  • The producer for The Captain Class is Random House UK.
  • The sales rank for The Captain Class is 5881.