To be honest, I never really thought of Max as necessarily leadership group material. Definitely an on-field or spiritual leader in the way he goes about it but not as a motivator or serious role model.
His speech at the B&F made me see him in a new light. I was hanging off his every word, not just laughing at his jokes, and was about ready to take myself off to the dietitian he was so convincing. Certainly, I got the impression that the other players look up to him in more ways than one in recent times.