If you’re a new leader or recently promoted, you might be feeling like a rookie called up to the big leagues with all eyes on you. Mike Holtz, former relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, knows the feeling in more ways than one. Now President and General Manager at Genuine Parts Company, he joins the Leadership Foundry Podcast to explain the many parallels between leadership and baseball including preparation and mental discipline.

03:00 Meet Mike and hear about NAPA Expo 2022.

05:00 Playing baseball.

08:30 Moving up to the big leagues as a rookie.

16:30 Baseball parallels in a lot of ways to leadership. Mike talks preparation and mental discipline.

21:45 Building a championship team.

26:30 Manager example – “Be their biggest fan.”

29:30 Mike’s Leadership Hack: Take a step back and focus on something else to bring your focus back in play (Think: “What do I have to do to make this happen?”).

Show Resources:

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