Ty Cobb was one of baseball’s greats. His lifetime batting average was an astounding .367. He was the last man to hit over .400 in a full season. It is told that when he was seventy years old, a young sports reporter had the opportunity to interview him. The reporter asked, “Mr. Cobb, what do you think you would average if you were playing today?”
“.290, possibly even .300,” replied Cobb.
“Is that because of the new pitches, the travel, and night games?” the reporter asked.
“No,” said Cobb, “It’s because I’m seventy!”*
Cobb’s confidence was not haughty but it did carry with it a positive attitude. This is the type of attitude that inspires others. This is the type of attitude that instills confidence in others. Because good leaders have confidence in their ability to get the job done, they instill confidence in others. Confidence begets confidence. Some leadership styles destroy the confidence of others. Good leaders however, have the proper skills and attitude that instill confidence. Be a leader who inspires. Be a leader who instills the confidence that leads your people to bigger and better things.
*Mark T. Sorrels, Understanding Your Role As A Leader, (Bloomington, IN, Xlibris Publishing, 2011), 36.