Catching is a leadership position on the baseball field. There are many reasons why, but the simple fact is that the game of baseball is designed in such a way that the catcher is in a leadership position simply by virtue of the position itself.

Leaders can have all different personality types, but to be a leader on a team you have to be a great teammate. Great Leaders = Great Teammates. Those two go hand-in-hand.

In our most recent post in this series, #13: Communicate, we talked about how communication is the lifeblood of any team. To be a a great teammate and leader you have to communicate well. 

While that is always true, your communication won’t matter much if you don’t take to heart today’s latest installment in our How to Be a Great Teammates Series – #14: Connect.

#14: CONNECT 

As a teammate, one of the most important things you can do is connect with your teammates. After all, you can be the smartest person in the room, but if you don’t connect with others, you will fail as a team member. Don’t just communicate; connect. Get to really know your teammates (Gordon, Jon (2015-04-24). The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate (p. 64). Wiley. Kindle Edition). 

There is a quote that may be cliche to some but is very true nonetheless… 

No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care. 

You can be the smartest person in the room. You can be the most charismatic leader your teammates have ever experienced. You can be the most talented and hardest working player on your team. But, none of that will make anyone around you better if you aren’t able to connect with your teammates. 

And, the true meaning of connecting implies that you are caring about your teammates. It means that you have their best interest at heart and you want to do what’s best for THEM. 

To be a great catcher, you must also be a great teammate and leader. And, to be a great teammate you have to connect with your teammates. If you do, you’ll find that you can truly impact those around you and make the better. If you don’t connect with your teammates, then no amount of talent, hard work, or attempts at leadership are going to have a meaningful impact. 

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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
  11. #11: Treat Everyone With Respect and Expect Everyone To Do the Same
  12. #12: Give All and Take Nothing
  13. #13: Communicate

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