Jackie Robinson Leadership

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Jackie Robinson is everything a leader should be viewed as. For those of you who do not know of Jackie or his story, it’s quite an amazing one and he displays the utmost highest respect to all of his followers. Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to ever play in the Major Leagues of Baseball. He started his rookie season on April 15, 1947, and went on to thrive breaking the strong color barrier that had been around the Major Leagues since 1876. He not only was the first African America to play baseball but he displayed honor and respect to every person on the field and off the field he came in contact with. His career helped drive the civil rights movement that started in the 1950s and 1960s. Jackie had a way of presenting…show more content…
An example of him showing himself to be indirect as Butkus (n.d.) describes is, “While waiting for the results of an injured ankle Jackie boarded a military personal bus to be driven back to camp. Despite the military’s personal “unsegregated” busses, a white driver told Jackie to move to the back. Jackie refused which resulted in his arrest by military police and his completion in the military after a long trial virtually ending in an honorable discharge.” By taking this course of action Jackie was indirectly standing up and leading as fellow African Americans witnessed this on the bus with him they saw him taking action and standing up for what he believed in for himself. Jackie during his Major League years on the field was the target of racial labeling. When watching a film dedicated to him called ‘42’, throughout many scenes you can see metal cleats being thrown at him, mass amounts of death threats, hatred letters, and even Major League pitchers throwing 90-100 mph pitches at his head and legs. Through it all though he would never retaliate and he would lead by example. Jackie did what an indirect leader would do and that is leading to expertise. Many African Americans witnessed all of these things happen to him and not once did he lash out and attack whoever did any of those things to him, but ignored it and was the better person. It impacted the
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