‘Quiet’ leadership is thought to be largely worthless by those who believe the only good leader is one who will say what needs to be said – and do so loudly.
When Edgar Martinez and Raul Ibanez spent time together over the weekend, the stories abounded, and the issue of quiet leadership was settled once and for all. The Edgar had it. Ibanez saw it, felt it and followed it.
"When I was young, after workouts I’d come dragging in off the field, go to the food room, make a sandwich for myself and sit at my locker," Ibanez said. "Then here would come Edgar, older than me and an established star. He’d go directly to his locker, which was across from mine. He’d change out of his uniform and into his workout clothes, then head for the weight room."
Ibanez always had the same reaction.
"If he can do all that and he’s here, I’d better to the same thing just to get here," Ibanez remembers thinking. "I’d stand up and put my sandwich on my stool, cover it with a napkin and go lift weights."
The irony is Ibanez is now in the lead role of that little passion play. He comes off the field, changes and heads for the weight room. Around him, other players notice and follow suit.