10 Personality Traits Of Leaders Like Bubba Watson That Others Enjoy Being Around
Are you having as much fun as I am watching Bubba Watson makeÂ his rounds on the talk shows this week after winning The Masters?Â One word to describe Watson that I found fascinating was when he was described as “endearing” by Alan Shipnuck in the April 16th edition of Sports Illustrated.
Reading the article forced me to doÂ some self-examination.Â Would the people I serve describe me as “endearing?”Â Probably not.Â But I love that term andÂ the resultsÂ it has.Â If you are an endearingÂ leader, you will have no problem having others follow you.
The following areÂ the key learnings I extracted from Shipnuck’s article on why Watson is so endearing.Â What I do not possess, I hope to implementÂ in my life.
- Watson Loves Jesus ChristÂ - A born-again Christian since 2004, Watson is a regular at the Tour’sÂ Bible-study activities.Â Watson’s transparent faith (much like Tim Tebow, Jeremy Lin, Bethany Hamilton, and other prominent athletes) is attractive to a world thatÂ is looking for hope and inspiration.
- Watson Loves His Wife And Newly Adopted SonÂ - Watson deeply loves wife Angie and son Caleb.Â His good friend Aaron BadderlyÂ noted, “He’ll be a great dad because he’s just a big kid himself.”Â What a contrast with what we have witnessed with Bobby Petrino this week.
- Watson Loves His Parents – He said, “My dad (a former Green Beret who has passed away) taught me everything I know.Â It’s not very much, but that’s all I know.”
- Watson Cares About People – www.PGATour.com noted in a January 25th post, “He donated $50,000 last year to aid the relief effort for the earthquake in Japan. He ran a junior golf tournament in North Carolina last year that raised $25,000 for Victory Junction Gang Camp, which gives seriously ill children a chance to go to summer camp. He honors the legacy of his late father, a former Green Beret, by supporting military charities like Birdies for the Brave, and spending time with Navy Seals.”Â Also, for every drive Watson hits over 300 yards with his pink driver, Ping will donate $300 to a cancer-related charity.
- Watson Looks Like UsÂ - We see ourselves in Bubba Watson.Â He has never taken a golf lesson.Â He wears his feelings on his sleeve.Â He hits really long drives.Â He would rather eat hamburgers than whatever is served at the champions dinner at Augusta National.Â Watson is what we would like to be on Sunday afternoons.Â We can relate to Bubba Watson.
- Watson Remembers His Past – Leaders know that people will not move into the future until they first touch the past.Â One of the first group of people Watson thanked was the Georgia Bulldogs, his alma mater.
- Watson Is UniqueÂ - Recently, Watson purchased the General Lee, the car driven during the Dukes of Hazzard.Â To go a step further, Watson often drives that car around his community.
- WatsonÂ Makes People SmileÂ - Whether it is the Golf Boys video,Â his humourous lack of knowledge of golf history, or his incredible creativity on the golf course, Watson truly seems to enjoy his job.Â I wonder if all leaders would say that.
- WatsonÂ Has A Winsome PersonalityÂ - Watson is fun to be around.Â His approach to life has been described as similar to Yogi Berra orÂ Forrest Gump.Â As Watson said, “The best part of history – we don’t know what’s going to happen.”
- WatsonÂ Wins – No matter how nice or funny you are, no one follows a leader without accomplishment.Â WatsonÂ is the highest ranking American golfer at #4 in the world havingÂ finished no worse that 18th in his eight starts this year.Â He also performs well in the majors losing a play-off in the 2010 PGA Championship.
Love Jesus, Love Your Wife And Children, Love Your Parents, Care About People, Be A Regular Person, Remember Your Past, Â Be Unique,Â Make People Smile, Have Fun, and something all great leaders must do – Win.
If youÂ have these ten personality traits, you too will be a leader that others enjoy being around.
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