Jackie Robinson's Leadership Style

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“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”- Jackie Robinson A true leader is someone who people willingly follow and listen to as well as someone who has the ability to influence and motivate others. An outstanding example of a great leader is Jackie Robinson. On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson shocked the world and changed not only the history of sports, but changed America. Facing the criticism, ignoring the racial slurs, and following his true passion, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Jack Roosevelt Robinson, better known as Jackie Robinson, was born in Cairo, Georgia on January 31, 1919. Him and his four siblings were taken care of by their single mother who was…show more content…
This was eleven years before the famous Rosa Parks made the same exact protest. After this, he returned to his passion and joined the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League for $400/month. Not long after, Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, noticed Jackie’s talents and his incredible character. Rickey saw that Jackie had the potential to not only excel on the team, but he saw something else in Robinson. He saw his ability to become a leader in order to make a change that needed to be done. Rickey told Robinson once, “Jackie, we’ve got no army. There’s virtually nobody on our side. No owner, no umpires, very few newspapermen. And I’m afraid that many fans may be hostile. We’ll be in a tough position. We can win only if we can convince the world that I am doing this because you’re a great ballplayer, and a fine gentleman.” (Jackie). Rickey saw in Robinson the courage to not lash out when criticized, and the ability to turn the other cheek when taunted. In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first black Major League Baseball player since the 1880’s when baseball became segregated (“Jackie”). The transition into the MLB was far from easy. It was not easy for Robinson, for Rickey, for any of his teammates, or even for America. There were racial slurs from his teammates, from the audience, and everywhere he went.

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