When the 2010 season ends for the Atlanta Braves, they’ll have to make one of the most important decisions in all of sports and business: hiring someone to lead the team.
As you probably know, the Braves’ manager, Bobby Cox, is retiring at season’s end. Replacing a Hall of Fame-caliber manager like Cox will be a formidable task. Cox is respected by practically every player in baseball, beginning with those in his own clubhouse.
He’s also well-liked by the baseball community as a whole, including the umpires who have ejected him from 155 games. Most importantly, he wins, and wins often. He’s consistently great at what he does.
The traits that have made Cox successful on the field can easily be applied to managers in everyday office environments. Treating everyone equally and with respect, succeeding with integrity, being a good teacher, listener and motivator, and recognizing the efforts of those around you are just a few traits that come to mind.
By the way, if throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a Braves game sounds fun, and you don’t mind showing your mug to millions of people, enter The AJC’s “Thank You Bobby Cox Video Contest” here.
What are some other qualities of a successful leader? Have you ever quit a job because of a particular manager? Tell us about your favorite boss and what he or she did to motive and inspire you.
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