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    From the founding editor of The Wall Street Journal’s sports section comes a bold, counterintuitive new theory of leadership drawn from the elite captains who led the greatest teams in sports history.

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    Sam Walker is The Wall Street Journal’s deputy editor for enterprise, the unit that directs the paper’s in-depth page-one features and investigative reporting projects. A former reporter, sports columnist, and sports editor, Walker founded the Journal’s prizewinning daily sports coverage in 2009.

    The Captain Class
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    The inside outsider: Robert Neller scraps the Marines’ winning formula

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    The Two Contagious Behaviors of a Great Boss

    There are only two essential qualities for leading by example; George Washington mastered both

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    Sam Walker is The Wall Street Journal’s leadership columnist and the author of The Captain Class: The Hidden Force that Creates the World’s Greatest Teams, which was named one of the best business books of 2017. In two decades at the Journal, Walker has served as sports columnist, deputy page-one editor and founding editor of the paper’s prizewinning daily sports coverage.  Walker is a team-building consultant and frequent keynote speaker.

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