Leadership: Leading Off

Unit Overview

"It's easy to get the players; it's getting them to play together that's the hard part."

- Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel

Baseball depends on many different leaders, such as the commissioner, team owners, managers and coaches, umpires, team captains, and even players. Leadership often demands sacrifice and self-discipline, creativity and vision, decisiveness and the willingness to be a role model or trailblazer. In this thematic unit, students explore the meaning of successful leadership. Students will identify leaders in baseball, and leaders in the community. Students will also assess their own leadership skills and abilities and put them to the test as they work together to plan and execute a class community service project. Win or lose, leaders - in baseball and other arenas - display a consistent set of ethics and values that influence the real measure of their lives.

About the Curriculum

All of the lessons and activities that you will find below have been prepared to accompany "Leadership: Leading Off." This thematic unit is appropriate for high school students. Elementary and middle school instructors interested in this topic are encouraged to refer to the thematic unit Character Education.

Below, you will find both pre-visit lessons and post-visit lessons. We strongly encourage you to use these materials before your visit or videoconference. We've found that students understand and learn so much more if they are prepared before their Hall of Fame experience.

Click on the links to view Adobe Acrobat documents, which you can easily print or save for later use. All lessons are aligned with Common Core State Standards.

Level 3 - Advanced

Advanced Level Overview & Table of Contents
Lesson 1 (Pre-Visit) Defining Leadership
Lesson 2 (Pre-Visit) Leadership Styles 
Lesson 3 (Pre-Visit) Leadership in Baseball
Lesson 4 On-Site Visit
Lesson 5 (Post-Visit) Becoming a Leader