Coastal Carolina: A Cinderella Story

Last week, the glass slipper fit.

It was a storybook ending to this year’s College Baseball World Series, as the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers’ improbable run reached its summit with a 4-3 win over the University of Arizona in the third and final game of the championship.

Coastal Carolina’s Division I baseball championship represents the school’s first in any sport. The team’s head coach, Gary Gilmore, played at Coastal Carolina and has coached at his alma mater for the past 21 years. It was his goal from year one in the job to put the Chanticleers on the map as a contender at the Division I level.

Gilmore’s leadership approach over the past 21 years, and throughout this season’s playoffs, has not wavered. His motto is to focus on the details – one game at a time, one out at a time. He demands his players to be selfless and relentless in their pursuit of excellence.

Team success – regardless of the environment – depends on a leader who can clearly articulate what it takes, is passionate about getting there and can connect with each individual on the team. Coach Gilmore’s passion for his team and love for his players are evident when you read references to his coaching style or watch his post-game interview.

Think about your business. How often do you articulate your vision, goals and objectives for your team? Do you know if they are committed? What are you doing to make a personal connection and gain buy-in? Can the team see your passion in what you do?

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