As part of their Leadership Speaker Series, the BCW hosted “The Winning Game Plan, featuring Derek Jeter,” which included a one-on-one interview with eight-time Emmy Award-winning sports journalist Jeremy Schaap at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown.
Although he’s taken up golf since his retirement from baseball in 2014, Jeter has also transitioned into a leadership role in various businesses - including as founder of The Players’ Tribune - and has become even more active with his Turn 2 charity, where he said he “recognizes the importance of developing future leaders.”
On the same day the Yankees announce they will retire his number on Mother’s Day, Jeter noted that there are several different types of leaders - “Joe Torre is a communicator, Paul O’Neil is a little more fiery,” and their important to any organization - sports, business or otherwise - in order to find a proper balance for it to succeed.
“You can be any type of leader, and in a group it’s important to find what balance you need,” he said. “In any business, you’re going to have different people pushing in different directions, and it’s all about getting as many people as possible on the same page at one time.”
Since his retirement, Jeter said that as he becomes more immersed in the business world, he has found it imperative to surround himself with people he can learn from, who may have had different experiences than him.
“I get most of my advice just by watching and listening. I like to ask what the biggest mistakes they’ve made have been; this way we can make a road block into a speed bump if it comes up,” he said. “I’m good at knowing what I don’t know, so I surround myself with people smarter than me, and I try to watch and learn from them.”
Despite being renowned as a leader on the field and in the clubhouse, the 14-time MLB All Star said he never set out for such, he just acted in the best interest of the team and his teammates naturally followed him.
“I never walked in and declared myself a leader. If you handle yourself the right way and don’t make excuses, people will follow you. It’s about what’s best for helping the team win,” he said. “Don’t do it for the camera. If you do things in an open, honest way and have great communication with people, they will respect you and follow you.”
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