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The perceptions of expert coaches about effective leadership in sport

Walsh, J. and Morris, T. 2002, The perceptions of expert coaches about effective leadership in sport, in Sports Medicine and Science at the Extremes : 2002 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport - Program and Abstracts, Sports Medicine Australia, Canberra, A.C.T., pp. 93-93, doi: 10.1016/S1440-2440(02)80207-9.

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Title The perceptions of expert coaches about effective leadership in sport
Author(s) Walsh, J.
Morris, T.
Conference name Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport (2002 : Melbourne)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 12-16 Oct. 2002
Title of proceedings Sports Medicine and Science at the Extremes : 2002 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport - Program and Abstracts
Publication date 2002
Start page 93
End page 93
Publisher Sports Medicine Australia
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Summary Research on effective leadership in sport has identified a number of characteristics and situations that impact on coaching effectiveness. These include coach effect on athlete satisfaction and performance, self-esteem and trait anxiety. This research has focused on athletes' perceptions of or preferences for specific leadership behaviors and actual coach behaviors identified by observing coaches. Few studies have recognized the views of the expert coach as a potentially valuable source of information regarding effective leadership and the coaching process. The present study investigated expert coaches' perception and interpretation of the leadership process. Twenty successful coaches working with Australian junior elite sport participants were purposefully sampled to cover a diversity of sports (team and individual) and provide a gender balance across sports. Through in-depth interviews, based on Grounded Theory, the study examined three aspects of coaching, which provided the basis of the interview guide. These were coaching history and influences, effective coaching behaviors, and coach training and accreditation. Eight major themes emerged: (a) influence of history on coaching behaviors, (b) knowledge of the sport, (c) pedagogy skills, (d) coaches' personal qualities, (e) coach-athlete relationships, (f) coaches' evaluation of the athlete, (g) coach and athlete outcomes, and (h) enjoyment of the coaching process. The results highlight the important role coaches play in future coach development, the impact of coach self-efficacy attributed to athlete self-efficacy, and how coach-related outcomes drive the coaching process. These results have noteworthy implications for coach education programs.
Notes The abstract for this paper has been published in : Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 2002, Vol.5, No.1 p.93.
ISBN 1875334106
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S1440-2440(02)80207-9
Field of Research 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E3 Extract of paper
Copyright notice ©2002, Sports Medicine Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30013843

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Scientific and Developmental Studies in Education
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