The Psychology Of Sports Leadership Essay

1438 Words Sep 26th, 2014 6 Pages
The Psychology Of Sports Leadership
Chanique E. Sanford
American Military University

To become a good leader in sports, you must first master your own leadership style. Excellent leaders bring out the best in the people around them. It takes a certain natural tendency combined with learned skills to be a good leader. Sports leadership differs from other leadership. A person 's leadership style will vary depending on the characteristics of the athletes and the constraints of the situation. I took an online quiz to see which leadership style I used the most. I already knew it would be democratic from my experience in military, but I was surprised to see that I also used authoritarian style as well. I can understand situations that need an authoritarian style and I am glad that I know how to use both styles to best fit the situation.
The three key leadership styles are authoritarian, democratic, and delegative (laissez-faire). Psychology expert, Kendra Cherry states, Authoritarian leaders, also known as autocratic leaders, provide clear instructions on what needs to be done, when, and how it should be done. There is also a clear division between the leader and the followers. Authoritarian leaders make decisions independently with little or no input from the rest of the group. The decision making tends to be less creative under authoritarian leadership. It is more difficult to move from an authoritarian style to a democratic style rather than democratic…

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