Praise for The Captain Myth


Gary Hamel, best-selling author and visiting professor at the London Business School:
“When human beings deify a “successful” leader, what, exactly, are they worshipping?  The courage and perspicuity of a singularly gifted commander?  The random blessings of good fortune? Or the dogged determination of the led?  And what does our obsession with “leadership” tell us about ourselves?  These are the profound and timely questions Richard Gillis tackles in The Captain Myth—an enlightening foray into the power and pitfalls of leadership at the heights of athletic competition.  Set against the backdrop of the Ryder Cup, golf’s biannual battle between Europe and the United States, the Captain Myth provides deep insights for anyone eager to understand the value and limits to leadership in an age that celebrates autonomy and scorns authority.”

Ed Smith, author of Luck – a fresh look at fortune:
“A brilliant rethink of sport’s leadership myths: Nassim Taleb logic combined with insider knowledge of the game”

Iain Carter, BBC golf correspondent
“Richard Gillis explores fascinating subject matter that goes to the heart of golf’s greatest contest and sport as a whole”

Paul Hayward, Chief Sports Writer, Daily Telegraph
“Finally, a thorough examination of the cult of the leader in sport, through the medium of the Ryder Cup – where captains have become totemic. This book challenges our assumptions.”

Sathnam Sanghera, Author and business columnist for The Times
“There’s only one person I’d read on the subject of leadership in sport: Richard Gillis. A book to enjoy, absorb and return to.”

Geoff Shackelford, Golf Digest:
“The Ryder Cup Captain has three tasks: make sure rain suits don’t leak, inform players when they are sitting out a session and most vital of all, do not run over any spectators. Thank you Richard Gillis for bringing wisdom, insight and just enough skepticism to the absurd spectacle that is modern captaincy.”

John Amaechi OBE, NBA star, Psychologist 
“I hope The Captain Myth prompts new thinking about what makes a leader and how true success is conjured from raw talent. Richard Gillis questions the mythology around leadership and the acceptance of simplified narratives of success and failure that have no more validity than blind luck. Gillis’ book prompts a vital conversation”.


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