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Lead Me Out to the Ballgame: Stories and Strategies to Develop Major League Leadership by [Fero, Howard, Herman, Rebecca]
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"Strike 3 - you're out"

"Ball 4 - take your base"

"Out of the park...homerun!"

It's all pretty cut and dry in baseball. The umpire makes a call, and for better or worse, that's the way it is (well, maybe a review here and there!). With leadership however, rules aren't quite as clear cut...there isn't always one right call to make, there isn't always one strategy to employ, and there isn't always only one person who makes the call. Leadership is a process which, to be utilized successfully, requires an understanding of some basic tenets, or, as we call them, Bases of Leadership.

• How do Major League Baseball managers gain the trust and respect of their players?

• How do Major League Baseball managers overcome challenges on and off the field?

• How do Major League Baseball managers motivate a diverse team?

• How do Major League Baseball managers successfully communicate their vision?

• How do Major League Baseball managers create a winning culture?

• How can managers, executives, and people at all levels lead like Major League Baseball managers?

In Lead Me Out to the Ballgame Dr. Howard Fero and Dr. Rebecca Herman take the reader on a tour through a majority of the Major League Baseball clubhouses and share stories from managers such as Joe Maddon (Tampa Bay Rays), Bob Melvin (Oakland A's), John Farrell (Boston Red Sox), Ron Washington (Texas Rangers), Davey Johnson (Washington Nationals), Don Mattingly (Los Angeles Dodgers), and more, about the ways they lead their teams. In Lead Me Out to the Ballgame the reader will learn from the managers words how they create a winning team, a winning culture, and a team full of players who want to play for them. Lead Me Out to the Ballgame includes the perspectives of over one hundred MLB players, managers, executives, and members of the media, and uses the stories they shared to illustrate what makes a manager effective and a manager who the players want in their clubhouse.

• How did Terry Francona, David Ortiz's manager on the Boston Red Sox in 2009, help him break out of a slump?

• What does All Star Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays think are the most important qualities of a Major League manager?

• How do players like Carl Pavano (Minnesota Twins), Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants), Adam LaRoche (Washington Nationals,) and others feel that lightheartedness and fun factor into a successful clubhouse?

Lead Me Out to the Ballgame is filled with the answers to these questions, and many more. This leadership book is written for all those who want to develop their leadership skills, and especially those who have at least a passing interest in America's greatest past time! It shows people at all levels, and in all industries, how to lead like a Major League Manager and develop Major League Leadership.

**A portion of proceeds from the sale of this book goes to the Strike 3 Foundation ( and the fight against childhood cancer**

About the Author

Howard C. Fero, Ph.D,The Leadership Doc, is a leadership speaker, professor, consultant, and executive coach. He is a sought after speaker and has been recognized as an 'inspirational, motivational, and innovative facilitator'. Dr. Fero works with individuals and groups helping them to cultivate their leadership, identify and focus their motivation, and create high performing teams. He is the Director of Graduate Leadership Programs and an Associate Professor of Management and Leadership at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT, and was recently recognized as a Business New Haven Rising Star. Dr. Fero lives with his three children and wife, interior designer, Lisa Fero, in Connecticut. He holds a Master's degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Baruch College, the City University of New York, and a Ph.D in Organizational Behavior from Claremont Graduate University. For more information please go to

Rebecca L. Herman, Ph.D, is a leadership professor, transformational speaker, passionate volunteer leader, baseball blogger, and avid photographer. She loves to work with people to help them achieve their fullest potential. Dr. Herman is a Professor of Leadership and Organizational Development for Kaplan University’s School of Business graduate programs. Prior to her academic appointment, Dr. Herman enjoyed a successful career as a leader in Human Resources for over two decades. She is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi fraternity with over 30 years of volunteer service and is currently serving as International Vice President on the Executive Board. Dr. Herman lives with her son in San Diego, CA. She holds a Master's degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, a Ph.D in Organization & Management from Capella University and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). For more information, please visit

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8335 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Major League Leadership Enterprises, LLC (May 4 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K578B3Q
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HASH(0xa6d5ff48) out of 5 stars Great book!!! May 14 2014
By Frederick A. Ferris - Published on
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Have a difficult boss and want to know what makes him/her tick? Want to improve your overall leadership skills? Loive baseball? If any of these questions are a yes, this book is most definitely for you! Find out how top managers in Major League Baseball lead their teams to victory. Learn how a career .125 hitter (for the non-baseball fan, that isn't just bad, it's pathetic!) helped a future hall of famer (David Ortiz) get out of a lengthy hitting slump! Very well done!
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HASH(0xa6d631b0) out of 5 stars Inspiring book May 19 2014
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A friend recommended this book Lead Me out to the BallGame because of my interest in leadership and human interactions in general. I am a psychoanalyst and have been in many leadership positions. I must say that if I had read this book before I would have been a much better leader. Actually, the important vaulues espoused in this book are useful for behaving effectively in all group situations, including being a parent.
HASH(0xa6d63174) out of 5 stars This Book Is Like A Clayton Kershaw Fastball....It Blew Me Away!! Oct. 6 2014
By doobs - Published on
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This was a well written book on a topic too few people really understand. Dr. Fero and Dr. Herman artfully explain the art of leadership and not only how it pertains to baseball but how it can pertain to anyone in any situation. Many people assume leadership only comes from the top down but as the Dr's show through their interviews with some of baseball's top managers leadership is shown all over the organization.
The book explains that we must first lead ourselves before we can lead others. We must lead by example and earn respect as your followers will be more likely to trust in you because they want to not because they have to. They go on to explain that a leader must know his people, have lines of communication with them develop a relationship with them. A good leader needs to set a a team's objectives, make them clear to the team and let the followers now the plan of action. The leader needs to allow for personal goals of the team members all while keeping the overall focus on the prize, which is not always easy to do given the money and personalities in professional ports today. Finally the authors demonstrate the value of cohesion and teamwork and how the culture of an organization can make or break a team. This is something sports fans have seen many times when the team with all the talent can't win it all.
This is a book that people looking to learn about leadership will enjoy as well as baseball fans in general who enjoy good baseball stories. I like my concepts presented to me simply and without too much extra fluff and this book certainly delivers. I highly recommend this book and look forward to the authors tackling another sport in the future.
HASH(0xa6d6366c) out of 5 stars The Marriage of Baseball and Business Oct. 18 2014
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I have been a baseball fan since the age of 6, going to my games with my grandpa and later on my own with family and friends. I would spend my reading time reading biographies and autobiographies of baseball players, always studying the history of the game and what made great players great. This is the first baseball book that I have read that explains what goes into making a baseball manager as well as a successful owner/manager of a business. Baseball manager have to make daily decisions on who to play based on who the other team is pitching and also has to deal with 25 guys that sometimes have things going on in life and sometimes might not be up to playing. It is up to the manager to do the best he can to juggle the different personalities he has on the team. This book made me realize that there is more to managing than writing names on a scorecard and has helped me appreciate the position of manager on the baseball field. The best thing the book did is made me think. I enjoyed reading it and recommend it to anyone who is a baseball fan and even to the non-baseball fan.
HASH(0xa6d63504) out of 5 stars This book is for everyone! Great read! May 30 2014
By Dr Mike - Published on
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Dr. Fero and Dr. Herman are right on track with their leadership analogies based on the philosophies of major league managers and major league baseball players. This book is not just for people who love baseball, it is for everyone, whether in business, teaching/coaching or to assist in your personal life. The authors provide the reader with a different focus on how to do the right things at the right time by focusing on the fundamentals as well as the big picture. It also has great analogies on how to coach people throughout life's trials and tribulations. Enjoy the read