Joe Maddon does a lot of quirky things. For a person in a macho industry he’s not afraid to show he’s a smart and thoughtful person. He wears dark rum glasses and blasts the theme from “Rocky” after his team goes down 2-0 in the NLCS.
His quirkiness is cool – in my opinions – but that’s not what makes him a leader people want to follow.
From his old boss Terry Collins to his new(er) boss Theo Epstein, this guy is all about relationships. Epstein during the playoffs talked about how 20 year olds want to be around this guy who could be their dad. Collins in his post game interview spoke about how players asking specifically if Maddon would be hired back to be on his staff with the Angels.
At the end of the day, it’s all about the relationships we build with the people around us. Whether we’re formal or informal leaders, it’s our ability to build trust and move opinions that make the difference between a managing and LEADING.