ERIC Number: ED332240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May-25
Reference Count: 0
Discourse and Leadership: Which is Best for Morale and Productivity a Monologue or a Dialogue?
Sloat, Sharolyn G.; Hoppe, Ron A.
A junior team and a masters team of precision skaters in Canada were coached under two conditions. In one condition the coach used a monologue and the skaters were not permitted to ask questions or otherwise interact with the coach. In the other condition the coach interacted in a dialogue with team members. Both teams had significantly higher morale and were significantly more productive in the dialogue condition than in the monologue condition. Also, both teams behaved significantly more unproductively when the leader used a monologue than when she used a dialogue. A democratic style of coaching which engages members of a skating team in a dialogue is likely to be better for both morale and productivity than an autocratic style which directs the team by employing a monologue. (Two tables are included; 16 references are attached.) (Author/SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (41st, Chicago, IL, May 23-25, 1991).