The Captain Class: The Driving Force Behind the World's Greatest Teams

  • 9h 24m 7s
  • Sam Walker
  • The Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • 2017

A bold new theory of leadership drawn from elite captains throughout sports - named one of the best business books of the year by CNBC, The New York Times, Forbes, strategy+business, The Globe and Mail, and Sports Illustrated

"The book taught me that there's no cookie-cutter way to lead. Leading is not just what Hollywood tells you. It's not the big pregame speech. It's how you carry yourself every day, how you treat the people around you, who you are as a person." (Mitchell Trubisky, quarterback, Chicago Bears)

The sixteen most dominant teams in sports history had one thing in common: Each employed the same type of captain - a singular leader with an unconventional set of skills and tendencies. Drawing on original interviews with athletes, general managers, coaches, and team-building experts, Sam Walker identifies the seven core qualities of the Captain Class - from extreme doggedness and emotional control to tactical aggression and the courage to stand apart. Told through riveting accounts of pressure-soaked moments in sports history, The Captain Class will challenge your assumptions of what inspired leadership looks like.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter One - Alpha Lions: Identifying the World's Greatest Teams
  • Chapter Two - Captain Theory: The Importance of “Glue Guys”
  • Chapter Three - Talent, Money, and Culture: Alternative Explanations
  • Chapter Four - Do Coaches Matter? The Vince Lombardi Effect
  • Chapter Five - They Just Keep Coming: Doggedness and its Ancillary Benefits
  • Chapter Six - Intelligent Fouls: Playing to the Edge of the Rules
  • Chapter Seven - Carrying Water: The Hidden Art of Leading from the Back
  • Chapter Eight - Boxing Ears and Wiping Noses: Practical Communication
  • Chapter Nine - Calculated Acts: The Power of Nonverbal Displays
  • Chapter Ten - Uncomfortable Truths: The Courage to Stand Apart
  • Chapter Eleven - The Kill Switch: Regulating Emotion
  • Chapter Twelve - False Idols: Flawed Captains and Why We Love Them
  • Chapter Thirteen - The Captaincy in Winter: Leadership's Decline, and How to Revive it


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