Date of Award

2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Loughead, Todd (Kinesiology)

Keywords

Kinesiology.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to examine the influence of gender on athlete leader and coach leadership behaviours. Two hundred and four athlete leaders (Mage = 21.18) completed the Leadership Scale for Sports (Chelladurai & Saleh, 1980) evaluating their own and their coach's leadership behaviours. Athlete leaders were grouped into one of three coach-athlete leader dyads based on the gender of their coach: male coach-male athlete leader, male coach-female athlete leader, and female coach-female athlete leader. Results indicated that regardless of coach-athlete leader dyad, coaches and athlete leader behaviours differed with coaches using more Training and Instruction. In contrast, athlete leaders used more Social Support, Positive Feedback, and Democratic Behaviour compared to coaches. Additionally, it was found that the gender of athlete leaders did not influence their use of leadership behaviours. Findings provide evidence that athlete leader behaviours are consistent across gender and support the notion that coaches and athlete leaders provide different amounts of leadership behaviours to their teams.

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