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A comparison and contrast of the leadership styles of two coaches, Coach Knight and Coach K, based on several leadership theories.
# 152355 | 2,164 words | 8 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 31, 2013 in Business (Management) , Sport (General)

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The paper explores the coaching styles of Bobby Knight and Mike Krzyzewsk and discusses their respective leadership traits and how they can be explained by the five-factor personality model. The paper looks at the technical, human and conceptual skills Katz and Mumfore believed to be essential for leadership, and also refers to Blake and Mouton's leadership grid, Fiedler's contingency model, situational leadership II and the path goal theory. The paper concludes with this author's assertion that Coach K is the more effective leader, since his leadership transcended the basketball court and his very presence made people at ease.

Perspectives from Module 1 Manifested in Both Coaches, The Power Bases, Managerial Versus Leadership Roles
Leadership Traits, Five-factor Personality Model (OCEAN) and Performance
Katz (1955) and Mumfore et al (2000) Skills that Appear to be Deficient
Blake and Mouton's Leadership Grid
Fiedler's Contingency Model
Utilizing Situational Leadership II
Path-Goal Theory

From the Paper:

"Both coaches clearly have charisma and leadership skills. They both have the ability to get the most out of players and the ability to achieve goals that have been established. Although these coaches have similar outcomes their leadership styles are quite different. Coach Knight seemed to have an affinity for being in absolute control of players and tried to instill discipline in players. He also seemed to be extremely concerned with player's abilities to play the game correctly. The case study explains that in some instances he was more critical and upset with his team when they won than when they loss. His anger stemmed from the idea that he felt that they did not play the game correctly. Overall Knight's power base seemed to be that of discipline and intimidation. He was also a powerful coach because he delivered victories. He also produced many players who went on to play in the NBA. In addition, his program produced several coaching proteges including Coach Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K) who once served as Knight's assistant coach."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Blake Mouton Managerial Grid. Retrieved May 12, 2010 from: http:// www. Mindtools .com/pages/article/newLDR_73.htm
  • "Fiedler's contingency model". Retrieved May 12, 2010 from:
  • House, R. J. (1996) Path Goal Theory of Leadership: Lessons, Legacy and a Reformulated Theory. Leadership Quarterly 7(3) 323-352.
  • Katz, R.L. (1955), "Skills of an effective administrator", Harvard Business Review, Vol. 33 No.1, pp.33-42.
  • Northouse P. G.(2009) Leadership: Theory and Practice. Edition 5, SAGE Publisher

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