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Wesleyan Baseball Leadership Project

The Wesleyan Baseball Leadership Project consists of the exploration of ideas, definitions and actions in pursuit of individual and group leadership dynamics and skills.

The season-long project will include multiple facets, including:
—Creating a vision and mission for the team
—Articles and examples of leadership
—Exercises in the study and practice of leadership
—Individuals charged with motivating the group in various ways
—Learning about various ways to be a leader
—Learning about servant leadership


12/9/19

A unique take on studying for finals and it’s relationship to leadership:

Leadership & Finals

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12/1/19

Here is a compelling article from the Strategies of Leadership blog, featuring former Wesleyan professor Elvin Lim. Professor Lim worked closely with a lot of the baseball players, and had some really great insight on leadership.

Elvin Lim for President

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11/25/19

Another article from the Strategies of Leadership class, featuring Wesleyan alum Amy Shulman '82.

A Blueprint for Leadership: Show, Don't Tell - Amy Shulman

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11/19/19

Former Wesleyan Baseball captain Joe Giaimo ’11 was a fantastic, All-NESCAC player and was also captain of the football team. He came back as a fifth-year senior after being injured. One of his amazing traits as a leader was the perseverance and persistence he showed in working his way back. When Joe was a senior, he created a class at Wesleyan called Strategies of Leadership. Each week, they discussed aspects of leadership with different guest speakers. There were many great topics discussed and here is a good summary of one class to start with:

Learning to Lead - Joe Giaimo

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11/9/19
Examples of Leadership

Some great ideas here that can be categorized into four general concepts:

Examples of Leadership
Helping teammates
Caring for others
Inspiration/Motivation
Giving yourself to the team
Positive Attitude

There are some great connections that are being made between theory and practice. These examples align pretty well with the previous definitions of leadership:

Definition of Leadership:
Impacting those around you
Setting positive examples
Bringing people together for a common goal
Doing the right thing
Being supportive

Leadership needs to be framed around its purpose: it is in service of creating excellence within the framework of a team. Leadership is the bind that keeps things together through good times and bad. There are all kinds of ways that leadership is being practiced on a daily basis, both big and small. Amidst all the demands and distractions that each person is facing with their own game and their own lives, it can be informative to know that there are indeed simple, effective ways to impact others as a leader as well.

Here are some great actual examples of leadership:

Helping teammates
A player helping another player assess his swing
Asking a freshman to play catch
Caring for others
Volunteering at Sandlot Baseball
Asking people questions about their lives to make them feel included
Being there for teammates in tough times
Inspiration/Motivation
After the most crushing loss one can imagine, one player saying to another: "Hey, I want you to remember this feeling that you are experiencing right now. Think of all of the long bus rides, the weekday practices, the long nights, the weekend games that we have. These are some of the best moments that you will remember for the rest of your life. Still, let's not let this happen again next season."
Giving yourself to the team
Being the last person to leave the dugout and locker rooom - to help with rides or keeping the facilities clean, and eventually influencing others to do the same, resulting in camaraderie.
Positive Attitude
In another sport in high school, not winning a starting spot, but instead of bringing the team down with negative energy, became a vocal leader. Being a leader by handling adversity.
Respecting your coaches
Switching positions, pitching with tired arm, and never complaining once

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10/26/19
Creating a Definition of Leadership

Summary of answers:

Definitions of Leadership:
Impacting those around you
Setting positive examples
Bringing people together for a common goal
Doing the right thing
Being supportive