Are you familiar with the Catcher Hypothesis?

Would you believe it has nothing to do with baseball, but is actually a term used in business schools when talking about developing and looking for leadership skills in employees?!

We came across an interesting – but lengthy – article about The Catcher Hypothesis in the Harvard Business Review. The jest is that being a catcher in baseball has somehow proven to develop leaders, and organizations should try to replicate that role in the business world. In fact, the article (written in 2009) gives the example that 12 out of 30 baseball managers are ex-catchers – is it coincidence? The chances are less that 1 in 1,000, so probably not.

If your child is a catcher, what skills are they developing that can translate to the real world? Here are a few:

Problem-Solving Skills

There’s a lot going on in the game of baseball, and the catcher has to have a pulse on it all. Where are the runners, what pitch is coming, what’s the defensive alignment, etc. – these are all things that a catcher much be processing at all times.

Cheerleader vs. Taskmaster

A catcher is uniquely positioned to be the cheerleader for the pitcher, while also demanding results. In any leadership role, these are the two roles that must be held in tension at all times – a job that is not always easy to do.

Unique Perspectives

The catcher has a unique perspective on the field that gives them insights that others on the field don’t have. What is the body language and positioning of my teammates? Where are the runners? What is the batter’s batting style? The ability to pick up on cues – and then make decisions quickly – translates easily off the field.

What do you think? Is the position of catcher uniquely created to develop leadership skills?

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