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Jeff Francoeur Leadership Lesson #1: Never, Ever, Change Who You Are

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Jeff Franceour believes in being true to yourself. He's positively an 11th grade Emersonian. Your best self is your purest, truest self.

In 2005, Jeff Francoeur swung at 60.9% of the pitches that flew in front of his handsome, handsome face. In 2010, as a much more mature man, as a much richer man, and as a man who had tasted failure and was on his second and third teams, he swung at 60.4% of the pitches that flew by his handsome, handsome face.

Of course, sometimes, as Emerson would know, it is a struggle for us to remain ourselves.

In 2005, Francoeur swung at 34.9% of the pitches that were balls, that flew by his handsome, handsome face. This was certainly him, but not all him. He needed to be more Francouer. For the next four seasons, he swung at 36% of the pitches that were balls that flew by his handsome, handsome face. That was nice, but he was still stifled. So in 2010, he went full Franceour. He swung at 43.4% of the pitches that were balls that flew in front of his face. He had found his self-actualization.

Yes, his entire career has been defined by one aspect of his game, but at what price a man's soul?

LEADERSHIP means being true to yourself.