Here is a recent USA list of Most Disliked Athletes. I present them in order of being DISLIKED. I assume you know who they are, but I'll make brief comments.
2. Manti Te'o (the BIZARRE "imaginery girlfriend" he didn't have who died, but really didn't since she never existed... bizarre is a polite word... ).
4. Jay Cutler (the Chicago Bears quarterback who has a low EQ and a well established reputation of being obnoxious).
6. Alex Rodriguez (superstar, super-villian baseball player, drug usage, lying, perjury, ego-driven, etc., etc., etc. Plus, being a Yankee has to add to his being disliked status!).
8. Kurt Busch (since I have ZERO interest in the sports car racing industry, I had to look up why he is not liked... I won't go into the details... sufficient to say... he makes it easy for fans not to like him).
9. Kobe Bryant (another super-star great, and petulant, whiny, massive ego-absorption).
10. Tony Romo (I think he is as much "dissed" and "disrespected" for his inability to win big ones... for wasted talent, and maybe for being kind of a goofball).
Here are a few observations.
All of the above are starts and many of them were or are superstars. So, they have plenty of talent and skill and success.
They all (almost all) have had or currently have major character flaws. They are not good people. They are not seen as healthy human beings. Talented - yes. You want them on your team. But not living next door.
Almost all of them have some massive EGO ISSUES. They really do believe it is all about them.
Many of them are severely deficient in emotional intelligence, meaning they are lacking in self-awareness, self-management, other-awareness and other-managment). Therefore, not only are they often clueless, they are usually in appropriate.
Fans - what attracts you to the athletes you love? And what repels you?
Leaders - what conclusions do you draw from these sports stars/leaders that have some insight into your own leadership?
Everyone - what sports stars do you admire and why?
Everyone - what do you think about our culture's preoccupation with the Celebrity-Athlete as the new Role Model? What do you think we should expect (if not demand) from those to whom we look as the Celebrity-Athlete-Role Model?
Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International