Welcome to Episode #74 of the Red Ink Revival Leadership Podcast. Today’s special Father’s Day edition is a conversation with the General Manager of the Kansas City Royals major league baseball club.
Dayton is considered by many to be the leadership mastermind of the Kansas City Royals’ two appearances in the World Series in 2014 and 2015, winning the Championship in 2015. Under his leadership, since 2011, no MLB club has earned more Gold Gloves. The Royals’ 21 All-Star selections since 2013 are tied with the Yankees for the most in the American League, which is crazy success for a small-town market. Dayton has been named to the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame. He was the Kansan of the Year in 2014, and the Executive of the Year by Major League Baseball in 2014 and 2015. Dayton is known as an outspoken Christian, openly sharing the personal impact of his relationship with Christ.
Our conversation takes us into the following:
What the Kansas City Royals 2015 World Series Championship meant to him.
How he handles criticism by friends and at large.
The dangers of baseball becoming a “god” to him.
The most difficult part of being a major league baseball executive.
The most challenging thing about marriage.
How he nurtures his marriage to keep it strong as the greatest gift to his children.
How selfishness is when everything else is at its highest level of dysfunction.
What a personal legacy is made of.
Dayton’s relationship with his own Dad.
His favorite thing about being married.
The most difficult things about being a Dad to his own children.
What his kids do that make him feel especially loved.
The priority of church attendance with family, even on game days.
How the passions of the parents will become the priorities of the children.
How the “dark years” with the Royals were parented with his kids, considering public criticisms of their Dad.
The power of forgiveness to mitigate the stress of outside criticisms.
How he uses candor and honesty to lead well and foster trust.
How he would rather be persecuted for who he is than praised for who he is not.
Things that his Dad did and said that shaped him.
Dayton’s own journey of faith, spiritual life, and inner world.
His spiritual devotional time with Jesus.
His childhood love for baseball with a grandma reading box scores together.
The steps in his career to becoming an executive in major league baseball.
The most difficult parts of being a professional athlete.
Dayton’s passion for his non-profit work.
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Edited and produced by Evan (Emac) McAlister.