Calvin Edwin Ripken, Jr. was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland, August 24, 1960. Cal’s father, Cal Sr., had been a catcher with Baltimore minor league teams. He found his love for baseball attending his fathers games and practices. The Orioles drafted Cal after he finished high school. In 1981, Cal moved up to the Major Leagues and played shortstop and third base for the Baltimore Orioles. Cal is most famous for setting the record as the player to play in the most consecutive baseball games – 2632.
Ripken used effective leading traits to aid in his success. He inspired action by having a clear goal of the future. He was responsible for his team. He took care of himself to achieve these goals. He also accepted failure and success for the team. He would also use communication with news outlets and other media sources to show his confidence.
My reflections of Cal as a leader are positive in the fact that he seemed to have such success because he was a great leader. This example goes to show being great leader will lead to good success.