From the founding editor of
The Wall Street Journal’s sports section comes a bold new theory of leadership drawn from the elite captains who inspired their teams to achieve extraordinary success.


Sam Walker presents
compelling narratives about the secret ingredient to the greatest teams of all time.

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Sam Walker is The Wall Street Journal’s deputy editor for enterprise, the unit that directs the paper’s in-depth page-one features and investigative reporting projects. A former reporter, sports columnist, and sports editor, Walker founded the Journal’s prizewinning daily sports coverage in 2009.

The Captain Class
May 31, 2018 9:00 am

In Chasing Perfection, Ferruccio Lamborghini Took the Fast Lane

The revolutionary Countach sports car, built in a hurry by a trio of 30-somethings with minimal oversight from the boss, offers a counterpoint to the Steve Jobs model of innovation.

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The Captain Class
May 18, 2018 9:00 am

Et Tu, Tesla? The Escalating War on Middle Management

flatness, but some researchers think it’s time to cut “sandwich” bosses a bit of slack.

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    France didn't have elite leadership in its soccer DNA before Didier Deschamps became captain. Now he's the manager…


Sam Walker is The Wall Street Journal’s leadership columnist and the author of The Captain Class: The Hidden Force that Creates the World’s Greatest Teams, which was named one of the best business books of 2017. In two decades at the Journal, Walker has served as sports columnist, deputy page-one editor and founding editor of the paper’s prizewinning daily sports coverage.  Walker is a team-building consultant and frequent keynote speaker.

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