Coaches Based On The Principle Of The Path Goal Theory

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For this paper, the stories of Coach Knight and Coach K will again be revisited. However the aim for this assignment will be to evaluate the actions of the two coaches based on the principle of the path-goal theory. An analysis of each coaches’ integration of key considerations of the theory will be provided. The coaches’ approach will then be compared to the principles of leader-member exchange (LMX) theory and their results reviewed from the LMX perspective. As a conclusion to this paper each coaches’ approach will be summarized, leadership styles identified and dominant trait, power base and effectiveness will be discussed.
Cohen (2011) describes a manager as someone who organizes, deputizes and supervises. This differs from the description of a leader, who is described as someone who does not lead through fear, is able to instill a vision and motivation in their team, has integrity and instills trust and belief, and is able to act as a coach through times of uncertainty. Path-goal theory, according to Northouse (2013) is focused on the ability of the leader to motivate subordinates. This theory relies on the leadership style and the characteristics of the subordinate, and the premise that a team who believes they can succeed are more likely to succeed. This means that the leader must be able to adjust their style to meet the motivational needs of each team member. The path to success is centered on goal definition, path clarity, the removal of obstacles and ongoing
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