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.

In addition to The Captain Class, he is the author of Fantasyland, a bestselling account of his attempt to win America’s top fantasy baseball expert competition (of which he is a two-time champion).

Walker attended the University of Michigan. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Press About the Book's Impact

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How Mitch Trubisky is being helped on his NFL climb by the Wall Street Journal's leadership columnist
Walker had become “essentially, the Bears’ leadership consultant.” Walker has visited the team four times since last October, including a two-hour leadership workshop with the entire scouting department ...

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Mitchell Trubisky Ready to Be the Bears' Savior, 'Make People Eat Their Words'
On his phone, he reveals a screenshot he took from a page of Sam Walker's book The Captain Class. Walker spent 11 years studying leadership on the best sports teams around the world, gave his book to the Bears, and Trubisky couldn't get enough.

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Swimming & Diving Announces 2018-2019 Team Captains
We modeled our definition of captain after Sam Walker's 'The Captain's Class' book about the most effective captains in history. These qualities heavily influence the competitive personality of the team, and include humility, powerful communication abilities, a servant's mindset, and relentlessness competitiveness.

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Why Eric Dier must be England captain - by the man whose book is helping Gareth Southgate choose
Eddie Jones, the England rugby coach, has already admitted that The Captain Class was one of his favourite summer reads and now Gareth Southgate has revealed that it will influence arguably his most important decision as England manager.”

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  • 11 Jul.

    Years ahead of today's #EuroFinal, England manager Gareth Southgate set out to build a young team with a "Captain C…

  • 29 May.

    If you’re still skeptical about the power of team chemistry & the impact of a quiet, courageous, relentless & selfl…

  • 18 Mar.

    Thanks to @USNavy MPCON for curating this list of suggested reads... and of course, for including "The Captain Clas…