During my youth, Detroit Tigers shortstop Alan Trammell, Red Wings center Steve Yzerman and Pistons guard Joe Dumars were three consummate professionals who epitomized strong leadership.
While each was a star in their own right, Detroiters loved these blue-collar guys for their leadership qualities.
Trammell, Yzerman and Dumars were all quiet, lead-by-example leaders.
They epitomized the hard hat, lunch pail-type work ethic Detroiters related to well.
More importantly, these men were the glue that held their teams together—even during the most trying of times.
Never did you hear any drama in the press from Trammell, Yzerman or Dumars—not like what we see today at least.
Never did you hear these men chastise their teammates for poor performance.
When placed on a pedestal, these men spoke in “we” versus “I” terms with regards to their team’s success.
When the team did not perform well, these men were the first to jump on the sword, even if the defeat was not their fault.
Off the field, Trammell, Yzerman and Dumars lived noble lives and were actively involved in Detroit’s community.
Because of these intangibles, fans of all ages loved these athletes. Safe to say, these men were truly missed both on and off the field of battle when they retired from their respective sports.
Now an adult, I still seek out leaders with similar traits to these men. Along the way, I have discovered four of my favorites, which are revealed in this slideshow.