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It’s no secret that our very own Chicago Cubs won the World Series last year after a 108-year drought. The MLB is bursting with so many exceptional athletes, to earn the top spot, the Cubs clearly needed more than luck to hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy. Here are 9 key leadership insights that helped them.


Relationships Matter.

"Awards mean a lot, but they don't say it all. The people in baseball mean more to me than statistics."

Ernie Banks



Keep Learning.

"I’ve only been doing this fifty-four years. With a little experience, I might get better."

Harry Caray


Try, Always.

"Try not to suck."

Joe Maddon


Push Yourself.

"I didn't realize the ceiling that I had, and I don't think a lot of players understand what they're capable of. Some of them dream of what they're capable of, but you don't really understand until you get in the moment and you give it everything you got and see in the end where you can end up."

Ben Zobrist


Be Resilient.

"You obviously want the results but you must do your job in every at-bat and deal with what every situation dictates."

Anthony Rizzo



"It's baseball--a pastime involving a lot of chance. If Zobrist's ball is three inches farther off the line, I'm on the hot seat for a failed five-year plan. And I'm not even the best leader in our organization; our players are."

Theo Epstein


Giving Feedback.

"The other thing about giving feedback is that you don’t do it all day, every day. It’s got to be in small doses at the right moment."

David Ross


Find Your Confidence.

"Playing in the World Series, there’s going to be some nerves here. I was just feeling a little more comfortable out there."

Kris Bryant


Believe in Yourself.

"You can have all the talent in the world, it’s not going to get you through… it’s what you have in your heart."

Ron Santo


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