EP 011: The Definition of L.E.A.D.E.R for PGA Professionals w/ Michael Haywood


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It’s a term thrown around so often that it’s almost cliche. As PGA Professionals, we’re tasked with being leaders in the industry, leaders at our facilities, and leaders in our communities. But even with all this responsibility to lead, how many of us have ever tried to actually define what that means? How does being a leader fit into what we do everyday, and what do we have to do everyday to become the leaders that we all should be.

Michael Haywood has taken the time to define leadership for PGA Professionals. In this episode we learn about the framework he created that takes a rather intangible subject and turns it into an system that we can refer to every day to develop into more effective leaders in our jobs. As you’ll learn, Michael took the word leader, and created an acronym with the most relevant and important words that represent how a PGA Professional should lead. He’s presented this concept to multiple sections throughout the country and continues to promote these beliefs to groups both inside and outside of the industry.

Michael’s involvement, awards, dedication to the golf industry, the PGA of America and charitable causes is almost too long to list. During 21 years as the Director of Golf at Tuscon Country Club, he’s served on 23 Chapter, Section and National Committees, including as a candidate for national secretary of the PGA. He’s a multiple section professional of the year and Horton Smith Award winner as well as being recognized as an award winning, teacher, coach and clubfitter. All of this coming after he served our country for four years in the United States Army’s 1st Cavalry Division.

There’s a ton of information packed into this episode as Michael delivers advice that can benefit anyone out there, no matter where you currently stand in your career.