Teammate leadership, among players, is not an easy thing to cultivate on a baseball team. The reasons are due primarily with the nature of the game and its participants.
With respect to the game, baseball is made up of roster players with specific talents - but, with generic abilities. In the talent category, a position player comes by his/her skills through hard work, long hours, repeated drills over and over. Take someone off of third base and replace that player with a right fielder, and the right fielders can be very much out of his/her element. Any negative comments from others on that fielder’s performance is not leadership but ignorance based on a lack of position. In fact, any positive remarks intended to boost the same player’s morale after a failed play, is usually met with contemp followed by looks that aren’t very complimentary.
Now you’d think that a team environment would reinforce a leadership role by someone, anyone, with the a dynamic personality, not to mention a steady run of success by their own right.
But it doesn’t. Everyone is pretty much in their own space, concentrating on their own patch of field, what will and will not happen, and the emotional roller coaster prior to - during - and after every play. In fact, a silent mood from everyone coming off the field can be “mind your own business - and I’ll take care of mine”. We had a second baseman that muffed two plays in one inning and put us three runs under. He came into the dugout and some self-elected bright light decided to go over to him and tell him how important it was for him to make those plays. The man playing second base went over to the bench, picked up his glove, threw it in the face of his teammate and told him to take second, he’ll take his position. Our skipper thought that was brilliant! He looked over to the two and nodded… “do it.” What followed at second base was a joke, an embarrassment beyond words, humiliation on top of humiliation. Never happen again.
With respect to the other participants - coaches in particular, there are other considerations. The chain of command and most if not all of the decisions steering the club, usually comes from one person - the skipper. This leader, of and by himself, is lord and overseer all things - no exceptions. Staff members can assist, advise, and address topical matters relative to their specialty. Under no circumstances will they, or should they, ever override or conflict with the skipper of the club - regardless. It’s either his/her way or the highway, period. Hence, in may ways leadership is a matter of accepting certain protocols and customs, that are stand alone. Rarely, if ever, should there be a discussion on the matter. In fact, this posture can be so rigid in many organizations - including schools and summer clubs, that when a staff member takes over for a period of time do to whatever, it’s a very uncomfortable feeling, and takes some time to use to (the new role).
However, all that being said (above) there is not lack of leadership, if that’s what we want to call it, form coaches and teammates alike, for being very proactive with anyone on a club who lacks heart, hustle, or an unwillingness to win. But beyond that, leadership is not easily defined on a baseball club. It’s more or less the little things … here … and a little there.