What Leaders Need To Learn From The Recruitment Of Cam Newton

Do you understand the impact of your behavior as a leader?  At the time of this writing, Cecil Newton, the father of Heisman front-runner Cam Newton, is alleged to have asked recruiters for $100,00 to $180,00 for his son to bring his extraordinary talents to their school.

If, and I want to emphasize the word “If”, the allegations are verified, the consequences will be severe.  Even if Cam Newton states he is unaware of his father’s actions, he will be ruled ineligible and the penalties against Auburn could be devastating. 

Here are the key takeaways for leaders:

  1. Those Serving Under Great Leadership Will Be Blessed.
  2. Those Serving Under Bad Or Poor Character Leadership Will Suffer.
  3. Those Following A Leader Will Be Directly Affected By The Actions Of That Leader
  4. Greedy Leaders Desperately Need To Develop A Heart Of Generosity.

Here are examples of people who experienced the judgement of leadership with little to no character:

  1. WorldCom‘s employees 
  2. The greed associated with the Mortgage and Banking Crisis has affected us all. 
  3. USC has lost 30 football scholarships because of the actions of Reggie Bush’s parents.
  4.  The pain and suffering of the Iraqian citizens because of the Saddam Hussein regime.
  5. Children who grow up in dysfunctional environments because of bad parenting.

As you read that list, a number of other examples are probably coming to your mind.

I hope the allegations by former Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers and now others prove false.  Newton is an incredible talent and  I appreciate his playing personality.  The most joyful images of this college football season are Newton smiling in the student section of Jordan-Hare Stadium after Auburn victories.

To have these images tarnished would be the equivalent of tarnishing Auburn’s Mona Lisa.   Leaders, each of you is crafting a masterpiece on your organization’s campus.  Don’t tarnish it and in the process, negatively affect the lives of those who have put their trust in you.

OK readers, give me your thoughts.  Do you think the allegations are legit?

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About Brian Dodd on Leadership

I am a church stewardship and leadership consultant for INJOY Stewardship Solutions. This blog combines my personal passions of church, sports, pop culture and family into a single leadership resource. I trust your time on this site will create conversations and add value to your life.

6 Responses to “What Leaders Need To Learn From The Recruitment Of Cam Newton”

  1. Brian,
    I just happened upon your blogs, and for the most part, think that you’ve had some good insights and perspectives.
    This blog is a bit odd – especially written under the auspices of “alleged” accusations.
    As I’m sure you are well aware, there is much more than meets the eye here. What this is, neither you and I are privileged to know. Which means that any conclusions about leadership that you’ve indicated based on this story may be on thin ice.
    Certainly, if you really trusted that there was nothing in all of this (in your response to Gus), this blog would never have been written.
    Create a great day!

  2. You hit the nail on the head,read his arrest report on the smoking gun,
    the guy is a mental case, a sociopath worthy of psychiatric evaluation

    • The word I used at the beginning of the post was “If”. I’m trusting there is nothing to all of this. I think Cam Newton is the best story in college football this year. I’m hoping his recruitment doesn’t turn into the worst.

  3. I’m troubled by the fact that a Heisman Trophy candidate (who, frankly, I never heard of before this moment) is being used as an example of bad leadership practices upon what appears to be the mere accusation of bad behavior. It seems to me that the better practice in this case might be to “speak only if you can improve upon the silence”?

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