The best catchers are the best teammates.

Do you believe that? 

We have been repeating that over and over without apology because it’s true and it’s vital for catchers to embrace that fact.

Next up in our How to Be a Great Teammates Series is #10: Hold Yourself and Your Team Accountable.

#10: HOLD YOURSELF AND YOUR TEAM ACCOUNTABLE 

To hold your team accountable, you first have to hold yourself accountable. When you expect the best of yourself, you can expect the best from your team, and when you expect the best from your team, they will rise up to meet your expectations. To be a great teammate, you must hold your teammates accountable to the high standards of excellence your culture expects and demands (Gordon, Jon (2015-04-24). The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate (pp. 59-60). Wiley. Kindle Edition).

What is accountability, exactly? 

The simplest and best definition I have seen is by Chris Ledbetter in his book, What Drives Winning: 

Accountable = taking responsibility for your actions. 

When you make a mistake where do you put the responsibility? Or, when something goes wrong, where is the first place you look? Do you blame your teammates? Your coach? The umpires? Or, do you take responsibility for your actions and own whatever mistake or adversity you are dealing with?

It is often very hard to take personal responsibility for our actions when they don’t lead to the results that we want. But, the best teammates hold themselves accountable. They don’t shift blame or make excuses. They take ownership, they learn, they grow, and then they move on better for having gone through the experience, even if it was negative.

Another area of the game (and life) that this directly applies to is attitude and effort. Do you take responsibility for your effort on every rep of every drill? Or, do you let other people or circumstances dictate your effort level? 

The best teammates hold them accountable to giving 100% effort, 100% of the time. 

As we have talked about before, the best catchers are leaders on their teams. And, leadership starts with leading yourself well. When you hold yourself accountable to playing hard all the time, treating everyone with respect, and owning your mistakes, your teammates will see your example and that will provide you with the opportunity to hold them accountable, too. 

If you want to be a great catcher you need to be a great teammate. If you want to be a great teammate, remember to Hold Yourself and Your Team Accountable. 

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This blog post is part of series called How to Be a Great Teammate. This series features 21 different ways that you can be a great teammate from the book titled The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate by Jon Gordon (click that link to view and buy the book on Amazon – it’s a must read!). Jon Gordon is an incredible resource and you can learn more about him at www.jongordon.com, and follow him on Twitter at @JonGordon11. To read more posts from this series feel free to click any of the links below!

  1. #1: Sweat More
  2. #2: Remember Well Done > Well Said
  3. #3: Choose to Be Humble and Hungry
  4. #4: Pursue Excellence
  5. #5: Share Positive Contagious Energy
  6. #6: Don’t Complain
  7. #7: Do It For Your Team, Not For Applause
  8. #8: Show You Are Committed
  9. #9: Never Take a Play Off

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