This is the fourth part of a series of articles exploring the concepts of leadership with Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella. We talked about what leadership is, how you develop it in players and coaches, and the progression of the Jackets' leaders themselves. You can read Part III HERE.
Are leaders born or can someone become one over time?
Through his many years of coaching, John Tortorella has come to the conclusion that when it comes to those who become leaders on a hockey team, it's a little bit of both.
"I've seen players that didn't have a clue about leadership grow," Tortorella said. "They start playing in the league, get a little bit of a stature and then they decide 'I'm going to take another step. I'm going to add more than just my points and my stature in the room. I'm going to try to help the young guys and I'm going to try to help the coach as a conduit,'…that's being a guy that's going to take the extra step to help people get better."
While this year's roster included countless examples of players who led in different ways, three Blue Jackets players are designated as the official leaders of the team.
Captain Nick Foligno and alternate captains Boone Jenner and Brandon Dubinsky wear the symbols of leadership on their jerseys each game, and each of these players brings their own unique style of leadership to the Jackets' room.