In you follow professional sports, you will notice players who have long careers because they were “good” in the locker room. What that means is, though they are past their prime as athletes, the contribution they make to the team as a high character person is worth keeping them around.
Last year on the Chicago Cubs, David Ross was one of those guys. He was the backup catcher who caught about every fourth game but his leadership was one of the factors to cause the Cubs to win their first World Series in 92 years.
Ross wrote an article in an on-line publication called The Players’ Tribune where he described the characteristics of a “glue guy”. A “glue guy” is one who helps mold a team and hold them together. Here is a quick list of the characteristics:
A “glue guy” is good in the locker room because he is a force in the environment. He cares. He makes others want to care. Once he teaches them to care, you always remember the power of caring and the commitment it brings.
PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace
Since 2005, he has been sharing his thoughts on the organization, leadership, and communication in an online daily note to teammates called Daily with HQ.