ERIC Number: ED198102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
The Relationship Between Personality, Leadership Style, and Team Success.
This study investigated the personality traits and leadership styles of selected successful and unsuccessful varsity level baseball coaches and players, and basketball coaches. A review of the research literature on leadership effectiveness produced the conclusion that there is no best leadership style. The literature on leaders' personality traits showed inconsistent findings, although the theory that the effect of personality is contingent upon group environment has survived. Three test instruments were administered to coaches and players at the end of the intercollegiate season. The findings indicated: (1) No significant differences exist between baseball coaches, captains, and players on selected personality traits; (2) A comparison between successful and unsuccessful coaches revealed that successful coaches had a significantly lower score on aggression; (3) No significant difference was found between the coaches on locus of control; and (4) Little difference was found in the leadership styles of the baseball coaches, although they had lower scores on the people oriented leadership style than the captains or players. No unique style was found that characterized successful coaches. (FG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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