It seems, these day, that there are plenty of talented players in all the major sports — but fewer and fewer true leaders.
Today’s athletes tend to be self-absorbed and shallow to say the least. Enormous salaries and lavish lifestyles have made players more distant, not only from the fans, but from their teammates as well. Does Miguel Cabrera comes to mind?
Now that his playing days are over, Steve Yzerman is now recognized as the type of team leader that may come around every couple generations. In this video, Yzerman explains some of the qualities of leadership that he deems important — like putting the team’s interest before his own.
All of Detroit’s sports teams would benefit from adopting Yzerman’s leadership philosophy.