Great catchers are also great teammates. If you are not a great teammate then you are not a great catcher.
One of the most pervasive themes of this How to Be a Great Teammates Series is how you impact others. Ultimately, your impact on others is what is going to define your greatness above all else.
Next up in our series once again continues this theme and is #15: Become a “Come With Me” Teammate.
#15: BECOME A “COME WITH ME” TEAMMATE
If you want to be good, focus on making yourself better. If you want to be great, focus on making yourself and your team better. When you are with your team, identify who would benefit from your leadership, help, encouragement, and time and invite them to do something positive with you. Do this often, and over time you’ll leave an incredible legacy (Gordon, Jon (2015-04-24). The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate (p. 65). Wiley. Kindle Edition).
The first line of that quote is key… if you want to be good, focus on yourself. If you want to be great, focus not just on yourself but also others.
Naturally you are going to connect better with some teammates than you will with others. That’s OK. But, as the quote above encourages you it’s important to always be on the lookout for who you connect with especially well and use that connection to make everyone better. One of the ways you can build on your connection with your teammates is to have a “Come With Me” attitude.
Heading to the field for early work? Invite a teammate to come with you.
Helping out with tarp duty, cleaning the dugout, or any other various field job? Invite a teammate to join you.
Volunteering for some community service hours? Invite a teammates to serve with you.
Going to log some study hall hours? Invite a teammate to study with you.
Grabbing some dinner after a practice or a game? Invite a teammate to eat with you.
Great teammates are like glue… they hold teams together. One the ways you can be a “glue-guy/girl” is to always embrace a Come With Me Attitude.
As Jon Gordon says above, “Do this often, and over time you’ll leave an incredible legacy.”
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: Sweat More
- #2: Remember Well Done > Well Said
- #3: Choose to Be Humble and Hungry
- #4: Pursue Excellence
- #5: Share Positive Contagious Energy
- #6: Don’t Complain
- #7: Do It For Your Team, Not For Applause
- #8: Show You Are Committed
- #9: Never Take a Play Off
- #10: Hold Yourself and Your Team Accountable
- #11: Treat Everyone With Respect and Expect Everyone To Do the Same
- #12: Give All and Take Nothing
- #13: Communicate
- #14: Connect
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