Champ Pederson is the older brother of Joc Pederson, the rookie sensation who plays Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers. But Champ’s favorite professional baseball player is not his younger brother; it is Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels. Perhaps this is because Pujols’ daughter has Down syndrome, and Pujols started a foundation to help children with the disorder. Champ Pederson also has Down syndrome.
Champ met Pujols earlier this year and even though his brother Joc was standing close by, Champ proclaimed loudly that Albert Pujols was his favorite player. During their meeting, Champ asked Pujols for an autographed jersey.
Three days later, the Angels were playing the Dodgers and Joc Pederson was on first base, the position Pujols plays in the field. Pujols told Joc, “I have Champ’s jersey, I’ll be sure it gets to you.” When Joc got to the team bus after the game, the jersey was in a box waiting for him. Joc recalled the moment, “I was kind of shocked. A lot of people say stuff and don’t follow through.”
Albert Pujols teaches us two very important leadership lessons through his meeting with Champ Pederson. First, Pujols displayed great kindness to Champ. He was caring and compassionate. These are critical qualities of a leader. If you want the members of your team to follow you willingly and passionately, they must know that you care about them. Second, Pujols did what he said he was going to do. He didn’t just talk the talk, he walked the walk. As a leader, you build trust and credibility by doing what you say you are going to do, by following through on promises, and by keeping your commitments to your team members.
This week, focus on these two lessons from Albert Pujols. Be kind to all. It’s that simple…..Be kind to all. And do what you say you are going to do. If you commit to it, do it. If you make a promise, keep it.
Be unstoppable this week!
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