Running head: A Tale of two coaches
Case Study: A Tale of Two coaches – Part I
Isaac Jonathan Kurapati
Grand Canyon University: LDR 600
The tale of two Coaches brings out an outstanding contrast between two successful basketball coaches. When we look at a broader perspective, several different forms of leadership styles and approaches have been adopted by the both the coaches.
Based on observations, coach knight plays a negative leadership style role, while coach K’s approach was a more positive approach. The behavior of the two coaches is therefore differing to each other. Coach Knight’s Leadership approach style was hurtful, detrimental and vigorous but lead, but through these practices his team had successful wins. On the Parallel, coach K was liberal, substantial and progressive but also potent. The two coaches practiced many rules and made several changes to ...view middle of the document...
Managerial and Leadership roles
The managerial skills of coach Knight were more of that of a Manager. “Managers are reactive and work with people to resolve problems but do so with low emotional involvement, limiting choices.” - Zaleznik (1977). “A manager accomplishes activities and masters routines.” - Bennis and Nanus (1985). In comparison, Coach K signifies a leader overlapping a manager. Leaders are emotionally involved, shaping ideas; increasing options to come up with solutions. An effective leader will create a vision and influence others to follow him.
Both coach Knight and coach K has had trait approaches to lead their respective teams. Coach Knight is a dictatorial leader who expected discipline. Dominant, Intelligence and maleness were the traits reflected by coach Knight’s Leadership. On the other hand, coach K was disciplined and organized the team as a friendly coach. He considered his players to be his family and always give support to his team members in whatever situation they saw themselves in.
5 Major personality models for Coach Knight were responsive, perfection, honesty, control and unity. Coach Knight was very demanding and strict even during regular practice sessions, these qualities made Coach Knight’s coaching team successful.
5 major personality models for Coach K were trust, respect, sociality, self-satisfied, he always expected his players to always play positive minded at game and even in life. These leadership traits play the huge role in constructing a good team work and success.
believes and implements the old-generation management and Coach Knight implements the team management skill.
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