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Michael Maccoby

Michael Maccoby is an anthropologist and psychoanalyst globally recognized as an expert on leadership. He is the author of The Leaders We Need, And What Makes Us Follow.

'Choice' of perfections

It is a mistake to believe that someone who approaches perfection in one area can be perfect in all of life. In his short poem "The Choice," the great Irish poet W. B. Yeats writes of being forced to choose between "perfection of the life or of the work."

We have seen throughout history that extremely gifted perfectionists, especially in the arts, politics, and sports, are far from perfect in their private lives. Tiger Woods has been constructed by his public relations team and many sponsors into a model of perfection in all things, an image that has cracked, leaving intact the great golf perfectionist who has been and I hope will continue to be a leader on many leader boards and for his own foundation.

By Michael Maccoby

 |  December 7, 2009; 4:14 PM ET
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Mr. Woods is a leader in the game of professional golf. Too many in the public tagged him as being more. I've never heard him call himself a leader and if you believe Wall St. advertisers, you fell for it and that's your fault.

Posted by: shejoy | December 8, 2009 5:18 PM
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We need to remember that Tiger Woods is an icon in the world of Golf. But to extend that beyond it maybe is dubious. What he could have done, initially, owned it up publicly in person not within the four walls of his house or the website but in the playground that made him famous in the first place, next to his peers. This setting would have given him the head start and regained him the public trust which is now a bit questionable.

Posted by: ravibhallamaccom | December 8, 2009 12:20 PM
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