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Michael Maccoby

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.

Addicted to self-destruction

Q: As the de facto leader of Golf Inc., how did Tiger Wood perform at Monday's pre-Master's press conference? What did he need to accomplish to resuscitate his brand? What lessons could other embattled leaders, such as the Pope and GOP chairman Michael Steele, draw from Tiger's handling of the press?

In his press conference, Tiger appeared sincere as he focused both on himself and others who have been affected by his behavior. His struggle to recover from his fall from grace presents lessons not only for leaders but also for anyone who has strayed from the path of integrity. Here is what Tiger implied with his remarks.

We must know ourselves before we can improve ourselves. When we become addicted to self-destructive behavior, we must recognize and frustrate the impulses that enslave us. To develop ourselves, we must articulate a philosophy of life and commit ourselves to following it.
We won't succeed in developing ourselves without the support of others. We should recognize the damage we've done, take responsibility for it, be grateful for the friendship of our colleagues and appreciate our fans and followers.

Tiger plays to win, but he recognizes that his work should be fun. These lessons require dedication and hard work and there is no guarantee that Tiger will succeed either at golf or in repairing his relationship to wife and family. But he has taken steps on the right road.

By Michael Maccoby

 |  April 7, 2010; 7:09 AM ET
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