A Good Leader

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A Good Leader In this essay I will analyse different leadership styles and the contributory factors of a good leader and how succesful leadership adapts to different sports using practical examples to supplement my arguments. It is appreciated that that the leadership of a group, e.g team captain, is a crucial element affecting overall group performance. Thus leadership is seen as any behaviour that moves a group closer to attaining its goals. (Wesson et al 2000) Leadership is: 'the behavioural process of influencing individuals and groups towards set goals'. (J.L. Barrow, 1977) Most people have similar views on what the characteristics of a good leader are. A leader is felt to be good at making decisions with high interpersonal and communication skills. They are confident, show initiative and must have vision to be able to organise and structure the situation in order to acheive the groups goals. (Wesson et al 2000) To acheive the targets the leader should be seen as part of the group with the skills and beliefs of the group but to a greater extent so as to serve as a model to the group in some way. Leaders in sporting situations have significant impact on the sports performers actual performance and their phychological well being. (Martens 1987). Many theories have emerged realting to the effectiveness of a leader. The early research was carried out from a trait or behavioural perspective, attempting to find common characteristics in all leaders e.g 'Great Man' theory (Carlyle, 1841). However this reasearch proved to be inconclusive as leaders are not consistently found to be particular kinds of people who differ in ... ... middle of paper ... ... better in most favourable and least favourable situations. Democratic Leaders. This type of leader only makes decisions after consulting the group. They are usually more informal, relaxed and active within the group than the autocratic leader. In addition they shown a keen interest in the various people within the group. They are prepared to help, explain and give appropriate feedback and encouragement. (Wesson et al 2000). These types of leader are better in moderately favourable conditions. Laissez Faire. This type of leader leaves the group to get on by themselves and generally plays a passive role. They do not interfere either by directing or coordinating. Being generally unsure of the task they tend not to make or give any positive or negative evaluations. Very little or no work gets done with this style.

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