Sam Walker is an author, columnist, keynote speaker and leadership consultant who works with companies, military units and professional sports teams across the globe. He started at The Wall Street Journal in 1998 as a sportswriter and columnist. He served as the founding editor of the Journal’s prizewinning daily sports pages.

In 2016, Walker moved to the Journal’s page-one unit, serving as deputy editor for enterprise journalism and investigative reporting.
Two years later, he launched “Captain Class,” the paper’s first dedicated leadership column.

In addition to The Captain Class, Walker is the author of Fantasyland, a bestselling account of his high-cost, no-holds-
barred attempt to win Tout Wars, America’s most prestigious“expert” fantasy baseball competition (of which he is a two-time

Walker attended the University of Michigan. He lives in New York 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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  • 02 Jan.

    My LA Rams… 12-4! 🐏🎯

  • 14 Sep.

    Coaching, if you do it right, is humbling work. It'll turn your strengths against you and test all of your most atr…

  • 25 Aug.

    Behind the scenes of any great dynasty, there's always a modest, selfless, vigilant, relentless, composed & highly…