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The 6 Cs of Golf and Leadership Style

The 6 Cs of Golf and Leadership Style

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Published by Dr John Kenworthy
Golf is a game played by leaders. We found that there are commonalities between the way you lead and the way you play golf. Taking leadership style to a new dimension.
Golf is a game played by leaders. We found that there are commonalities between the way you lead and the way you play golf. Taking leadership style to a new dimension.

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Published by: Dr John Kenworthy on May 31, 2010
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The 6 C’s of golf andleadership style
Playing styles and leadership styles
Many golfers take up the game, in part, because it is knownas the sport of business people - it is an especially goodmeans of networking and developing relationships, so isthere a commonality between the way people play thegame and the way they behave at work - our research andobservation shows that there is: There are six main 'styles'of playing golf with a corresponding leadership style - the6Cs of Golf and Leadership Style.
John Kenworthy3/4/2008
 
Copyright ©2008 John Kenworthy All rights reserved www.celsim.com
The 6 C’s of leadership and golf style
Many golfers take up the game, in part, because it is known as the sportof business people - it is an especially good means of networking anddeveloping relationships, so is there a commonality between the waypeople play the game and the way they behave at work - our researchand observation shows that there is:
There are six main 'styles' of playing golf with a corresponding leadership style - the 6Cs of Golf and Leadership Style.
By 'style', I do not mean to refer to an individual's personality or their innate character as though thiswere true. I am, instead, referring to the way in which you perform at your best and most naturally -which may represent your true personality - best to ask your spouse or a close friend who knows youin many other situations as well.We'll consider each of the styles in turn, pointing out the dominant characteristics displayed andconsider a few well known players and business leaders who fit each style. Your job is to identifyyour own style amongst these six - finding the one which most accurately matches your approach tothe game of golf, and your approach to leadership. This isn't about choosing the style you think thatyou 'should' have, or would like to have. This is about understanding where you are now, andknowing that if you play in this style, or lead with this style, it will be the most comfortable. Lateryou can consider how to compensate for the weaknesses in your own game.
The Conqueror
On the golf course, this player dominates. Blasting a drive as far as possiblebrings great joy. The conqueror plays to shorten every hole and every shot -going for broke every time. Often an exhibitionist player and like to bragabout their prowess.Long carries over water whet the conquerors appetite - long par 5's with acopse on the dogleg right to over-fly bring pulses of energy and make the endorphins flow.As a leader, the conqueror revels in adversity and challenge. The more impossible others considerthe position, the more the conqueror defies the odds. They want results, and they want them now.Excuses will bring wrath, and success will bring a new challenge. Seldom satisfied with the result, itcan always be better.
 
Golf players who are conquerors include: Greg Norman, Bubba Watson, ArnoldPalmer, Sam Sneed
 
Famous leader conquerors include: Margaret Thatcher, George W. Bush, CarlyFiorina, Lee Ka Shing, John Chambers, Michael Dell, David Johnson
 
Copyright ©2008 John Kenworthy All rights reserved www.celsim.com
The Conjuror
These golfers find excitement in difficult lies, thoroughly enjoy being testedin the rough, or an impossible shot between the trees. They excel in thebunker, and become easily bored with routine fairway shots. They gathertheir wits before a troublesome shot and have marvellous imagination whichthey are very capable of transferring directly into their game. About half of the conjurors like to show-off, whilst the other, quieter half, like to core well.The conjuror leader triumphs over adversity again and again. Seemingly intent on making their ownlives difficult and forever deliberately putting themselves and their teams into new challenges.
 
Golf player conjurors include: Seve Balesteros, Tom Watson, Phil Micelson
 
Conjuror leaders include: Herb Kelleher, Hank Greenberg, Michael Eisner
The Craftsman
The clear headed technical player, deeply aware of their swing. Knowingtheir game intimately. These golfers, rehearse and practice even during around - working on particular aspects of their game that needs attention.This player excels when tinkering with the minutai details of how to play a particular shot. Theseplayers prefer a low stress game, hitting the fairway just right, and onto the green all day will suitthem just fine. Quiet and concentrate more on scoring than exhibition, these are solid players andmaintain a consistent game.The Craftsman leader similarly likes a smooth-running business where they can constantly andcontinuously improve aspects of their business in incremental steps.
 
Gary Player, Nick Faldo, Ben Crane, Charles Howell III
 
Gordone Bethune, Andy Grove, Sandy Weill
The Cavalier
The consummate performer - the true exhibitionist of the game, these players like to shape theirshots as much as possible and work the ball towards the target. How the shot, andthey, look is important. This is the player who says “watch this“ as they carve abeautiful shot around a tree and over the water onto the green. Others do thisoccasionally, with luck, but these players thrive on it. They like to wow the crowdand fellow players and are the shot-makers of the game.The Cavalier leader is the 'show-offs' of the leadership world - not necessarily egotistically, butbecause it motivates them. Often, they will stun the audience with acts of derring-do andcontroversial behaviours. These leaders enjoy the limelight and are more frequently in the press.
 
Cavalier golfers include: Lee Trevino, Corey Pravin and Chi Chi Rodriguez
 
Cavalier leaders include: Richard Branson, Ken Lay, Bill Gates, Martha Stewart

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