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The golf world mourns the passing of legend Severiano “Seve” Ballesteros. The Spaniard was known primarily as the showman that led the Europeans to victory over the United States in the 1985 Ryder Cup. However, golf insiders know that Ballesteros also accumulated a record 50 European titles and 90 tournament wins, which include two British Open and two Masters victories. In addition to leading (with his play) the European team in 1985, Ballesteros was also captain of the victorious 1997 European squad.


  1. After reviewing the article, discuss how Seve Ballesteros fulfills the definition for leadership.
  2. Identify and describe at least two forms of power that Ballesteros possessed as a golfer.
  3. Describe the leadership traits of Ballesteros.
  4. Review the sentiments of other golfers expressed in the article. Was Ballesteros a charismatic and/or transformational leader? Why or why not?

SOURCE: S. DiMeglio, “Swashbuckling Golf Legend Seve Ballesteros Dies at 54,” USA Today (Retrievable online at

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