Transitioning Well In Leadership with Clint Hurdle | Former Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates


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In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, you’ll hear Doug Smith interview Clint Hurdle, Former Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates on the topic of transitioning well in leadership.

About Clint Hurdle:

Clint Hurdle is the former manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, a position he held for nine seasons, earning him the title of NL Manager of the Year in 2013. Before working with the Pirates, Clint managed the Colorado Rockies and helped them achieve the 2007 National League pennant. Clint formerly played baseball for the Kansas City Royals along with the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, and New York Mets and was featured in Sports Illustrated in 1978.

Key Take Aways from the Interview:

  • Clint talks about the importance of modeling positivity, faith, and character off of the ballfield and in life.
  • What did you intentionally do to make an impact? I was intentional about listening to people and see people. I never wanted to make someone feel like they were less than I was, or that I was greater than they were. I surrounded myself with people who told me what I needed to hear, not what I wanted to hear. We are to have a “white-belt mentality”, realizing that there is always so much to learn.
  • The message that I would leave the people of Pittsburgh with is: The best is yet to come.
  • Clint talks about the impact that God has had in his life.
  • There’s always going to be people who are smarter than you and have more talent than you, but you should never be outworked or be out-prepared.
  • Transition well. I believe there is beauty in honoring the exit. So many people focus on the entrance of a new leader, but I believe that your exit is more important than your exit. When transitioning out of a leadership role, exit well and give the next person level ground to succeed.


“You model the behavior you want to instill in others.” – Clint Hurdle

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