Center for Ethics and Leadership

Monday, October 26, 2009

Go Phillies! A Lesson in Positive Leadership

For several weeks now I have been thinking of Phillies manager Charlie Manuel as a model of excellent top management that can truly be called leadership, positive leadership.

Oh, Charlie can make the tough decisions when necessary. This year's Brad Lidge story should find its way into every management and leadership text. For those of you who don't follow sports, Lidge had one of the best year's in baseball history for a man at his position last year, and this year he had one of the worst. Manuel removed him from the most critical moments, but never lost confidence in him and now Lidge is nearly his old self. There are many more examples.

So I was surprised and pleased to see a front-page article on Charlie's leadership style in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer in which a Wharton professor and an important Philadelphia-area CEO talked about what exceptional leadership and management skills Manuel has. Leaders who stay positive can accomplish much. Charlie's team is the current world champion that now is the first National League team in more than 30 years to return to the World Series the following year to defend the title.


  • Though I do not follow sports, the question arises does positivity make a good leader? I believe it does and I believe because of his persistent and positivity he's managed to push the Phillies along this far. If you are a positive person, then usually people around you will either gravitate towards you and/or become positive themselves. There's nothing better but being positive when aiming for something you want.

    By Anonymous Sean Hartman, At November 3, 2009 6:55 AM  

  • Being positive is a good quality in a leader, although I must say I have learned more from those who were my most difficult teachers and professors. Believing in your students or in this case players is very important to their success, but not as important as them believing in themselves. In the classroom, I can say that I am most impressed with those who are intelligent, difficult, and also want you to succeed. To lead others you must first know how to be led. This sounds very cliche, but I'll explain. If one cannot practice discipline, self-control, know how to teach oneself he/she can never teach others.

    By Anonymous "Who I am", At November 12, 2009 6:47 AM  

  • Being the mother of three sons who are athletes, I could not agree more. And, it was nice to see this here. Charlie is an excellent manager, and his confidence in Lidge is a fantastic example. It was wonderful to see, and I mean in the papers and news as well as here, all of the positive press for the Phillies and Charlie. It says a lot about sports in this area, and it is something to be proud of in troubled times. Also, it is wonderful to see sports figures doing good works and not causing trouble or being reported for questionable behavior. The Phillies may have lost the series, but they did so with class, and this is more than in part due to Charlie's influence and leadership.

    By Anonymous hlk, At November 13, 2009 8:18 AM  


    By Anonymous liz fortuner, At November 19, 2009 6:44 AM  

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