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Case Study Analysis Paper 1: A Tale of Two Coaches Clive S. Choat Ken Blanchard College of Business, MGT-600 10 December 2013 Case Study Analysis Paper 1: A Tale of Two Coaches Based on our learning from week one of our class, the purpose of this paper is to discuss the leadership perspectives manifested in both Bobby Knight and Mike Krzyzewski, coaches who have made significant marks in their field in college basketball. I hope to be able to identify the power bases both coaches rely upon, as well as whether their actions are more aligned with either a managerial role or leadership role. In addition, I hope to identify how significant the leadership traits have influenced their leadership, based on the five-factor…show more content…
Coach K clearly shows all the traits of agreeableness, which is the extent to which a person is generous, kind, appreciative, sympathetic, forgiving, and trusting. Also both coaches can be said to be conscientiousness, as they are efficient, organized, reliable, responsible, and thorough in their pursuit of excellence. Coach Knight clearly displays neuroticism and his unstable, self-pitying, touchy, anxious, tense, and worrisome attitude comes clearly through as displayed through rants and berating of his players. I can also agree that both coaches are open to experience, as their coaching skills although one hundred and eighty degrees apart, do show signs of introspective, imaginative, insightful, and originality, and both have a wide range of interests outside of basketball. In conclusion, Although Coach K was originally mentored by Coach Knight as both a player and as an assistant coach; they both have adopted different styles of leadership. They appear to be almost polar opposites, yet have both managed to have done well in their respective field. As the late Emanuel Rohn once said, “The challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly”. If only Coach Knight had followed this simple statement, how much further would he have gone? REFERENCES: Rohn, R. (n.d.). "Qualities of

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