The Yankees had a man at the helm who would stop at nothing and spare no expense to put the best team possible on the field. In so doing, he demonstrated to leaders everywhere that passion is every bit as important as wisdom.
Posted by Robert Goodwin, on July 16, 2010 1:19 PM
Steinbrenner has engaged in plenty of the behaviors that have tanked the careers of other leaders, most recently General Stanley McChrystal. What made him a successful leader of a storied sports franchise was his ability to win, and a very tolerant Major League Baseball Commissioner.
The problem with conventional wisdom is that it is conventional. Despite his harshness and lack of subtlety, Steinbrenner possessed one of the key attributes of successful people, he was absolutely obsessed with his business, working 24/7 to make the Yankees a winner and expecting everyone else to do the same.
Posted by Kathryn Kolbert, on July 16, 2010 10:37 AM