The best catchers are the best… [say it with us]

TEAMMATES.

If you’ve been following this series for any length of time you are likely sensing a trend… we start every post in this series with that simple fact. Life and baseball have a way of distracting us at times, but your heartbeat as a catcher should resonate deeply with being the best teammates you can possibly be. 

One of the most important aspects of being a great teammate is respect, and that brings us to #11: Treat Everyone with Respect and Expect Everyone to do the Same.

#11: TREAT EVERYONE WITH RESPECT AND EXPECT EVERYONE TO DO THE SAME

To be a great teammate, it’s important to respect and value each person for who they are, not what they do. When you respect everyone… everyone will respect you (Gordon, Jon (2015-04-24). The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate (p. 61). Wiley. Kindle Edition).

Let’s start by making sure we are on the same page with our definition of respect. For our purposes, we’ll define respect as follows:

Respect = Showing consideration 

Now, what does that look like as a great teammate?

Respecting everyone, or showing consideration for everyone, means that you take into account the inherent value of every human being you interact with and you treat them accordingly. It doesn’t matter if your teammate is the best or the worst player on your team. It doesn’t matter if your opponent respects you or doesn’t. It doesn’t matter if the umpire is good or bad. When you’re a great teammate, you treat everyone with respect simply because they are a human being. No strings attached. 

You might not agree with everything a person does, and you don’t even need to be friends with every one of your teammates. In fact, you probably won’t be close friends with everyone on your team. But, you should still treat everyone with respect because it’s simply the right way to treat people.

Then, when you treat everyone with respect, it gives you the credibility and authority to expect your teammates to do the same. For example, if you see someone treating another person disrespectfully, you’ll be able to step in and stick up for that person because of the credibility you’ve earned by treating everyone with respect yourself. 

If you want to be a great catcher you need to be a great teammate. And, if you want to be a great teammate, remember to Treat Everyone with Respect and Expect Everyone To Do the Same.

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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
  10. #10: Hold Yourself and Your Team Accountable

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