Graeme Swann: Natural born leader?

September 23, 2011

As Graeme Swann prepared for the captaincy of England’s T20 cricket squad, he is described as a natural born leader. What’s all that about?

The story broke on the morning of Swann’s first captaincy appointment [23rd Sept 2011]. It seems the assessment had been made by army trainers at a pre-season training event in Germany.

Impressive, but not enough to advance Swann’s cause above that of the younger incumbent, Stuart Broad, whose injury a vacancy which Swann was more than eager to fill.

“I’ve captained every test I’ve played in, in my head…” he told the BBC, “Now I can dictate the way the play goes on the field.”

The expression of intent is worth close study. I welcome the thoughts of leadership students who also have a passing interest in cricket…

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Image from castrolcricket

Update
See comments on this post for recent work on natural born leaders

Swann’s first two tests as England’s T20 Cricket captain produced one overwhelming win, and one crushing defeat with the samde team, against the same opponents.