Mets manager Mickey Callaway admitted that an “administrative” error of switching pitchers “probably cost” the team the game. According to reports, the admission was unusual. As one news outlet explained, “His postgame press conferences can get combative, and his unwillingness to admit to any wrongdoing hasn’t played well with the New York media.”
Fans and players seem to be responding positively to the Callaway’s apology. One example is the response from first baseman Pete Alonso:
“Having a manager that’s not straight up and honest, that’s tough to play for a guy like that. But I’m fortunate enough to play for a guy like Mick. I love playing for Mick and all of the other guys love playing for Mick because he’s been honest and straight-up.”
For years now, corporate stakeholders have expected more humility from leaders. Seeing an example in sports is refreshing.
What’s your view of Callaway’s admission?
Not everyone likes this approach. I haven’t seen the clip, but a friend tells me local sports commentators said they want to see more “leadership.” Is admitting failure not part of demonstrating leadership?
What other leadership character dimensions are illustrated by this example?