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Performance Progress and Leadership Behavior

Moen, F., Høigaard, R. and Peters, D.M. (2014) Performance Progress and Leadership Behavior. International Journal of Coaching Science, 8 (1). pp. 69-81. ISSN 1975-8286

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The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between athletes’ perceptions of their coaches’ leadership behaviours and their rating of their own satisfaction with their performance progress whilst under the guidance of this coach. Participants were 120 competitive athletes (M age = 20.3 years, SD =4.6) from different individual sports. Participants completed the Leadership Scale for Sports (LSS) and rated their own perceived satisfaction with their own performance progress underneath their present coach on a scale of 1 ‘extremely dissatisfied’ to 7 ‘extremely satisfied’. A one-way ANOVA analyses was used to test the differences between three composite satisfaction categories of ‘not satisfied (1-4)’, ‘satisfied’ (5) and ‘more than satisfied’ (6-7). The results indicate that the athletes who are most satisfied with their performance progress, evaluate their coaches’ leadership behavior higher in the following domains: Training and Instruction, Democratic behavior, Social Support, and Positive Feedback. Findings from the present study highlight the importance of coaches’ training and instruction behavior. The present study also highlights that the coach-athlete relationship must entail elements of reciprocity, trust, as well as being of a genuine and helping nature, and that coach’s democratic behaviour, supportive style and their ability to give positive feedback seem to support such values.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: coaching styles, coaching behavior, athletes, sport, sporting behaviour
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2014 13:53
Last Modified: 20 May 2016 15:41

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