I am an old man now, a British national living in Germany.
I first became an atheist at the age of 17. I had been an atheist for 44 years before I ever heard the name "Richard Dawkins", and I had read many writers on the subject, some of whom I can still name (Lucretius, Diderot, D'Holbach (definitely worth reading), Bertrand Russell) and many whose names I have now forgotten.
In 2010 I read "The God Delusion" - a good book, well-written and with a lot of interesting material. And that is where my interest in Richard Dawkins ends.
It may be that I dislike the cult of personality. It may be that Americans tend to be much more confrontational when debating issues (on YouTube there is a video debate featuring Lawrence Krauss that the poster commends for its loudness - ugh!).
The word "issues" though is important. Maybe we spend too much time watching politics where style is seemingly more important than substance. It shouldn't be, whether politics or atheism or even buying milk is involved. What we should be examining are the facts, in a reasoned manner and without letting emotions affect the outcome of the argument.
Atheism, rationality etc. is not a cult and certainly should not become one. It doesn't need a leader or champion, it needs the continual presentation of ideas by many different individuals in a cool, rational, unemotional manner, so that the material and reasoning are clear, and not easily challenged. Displays of temper just distract from the argument - we lose the sense of what we are trying to achieve, and there is an inherent contradiction in trying to present reason in an unreasonable manner.
If I must select anyone to present a discourse on scepticism, I would much rather watch Neil deGrasse Tyson (who I believe is actually an agnostic) or Sam Harris (whom I have watched in action coolly and rationally dissecting Islam, and destroying the whole concept of Islam as a "religion of peace").
The idea though is to get to people to think and examine their beliefs - rationally! Not to get "in their faces" and simply generate a hostile response. Adopting a confrontational style is simply counterproductive.