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What factors contribute to make a successful leader, how might your style of leadership vary to be successful when involved in individual, racket and team activities

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What factors contribute to make a successful leader, how might you style of leadership vary to be successful when involved in individual, racket and team activities The three basic leadership styles are: -Autocratic -Bureaucratic -Laissez-faire Autocratic Leadership Style This is often considered the classical approach. It is one in which the coach retains as much power and decision-making authority as possible. The coach does not consult performers, nor are they allowed to give any input. Performers are expected to obey orders without receiving any explanations. Creating a structured set of rewards and punishments produces the motivation environment. This leadership style has been greatly criticized during the past 30 years. Some studies say that organizations with many autocratic leaders have higher turnover and absenteeism than other organizations. These studies say that autocratic leaders: -Rely on threats and punishment to influence performers -Do not trust performers -Do not allow for performers input Yet, autocratic leadership is not all bad. Sometimes it is the most effective style to use. ...read more.


This style can be effective when: -Performers are performing routine tasks over and over. -Performers need to understand certain standards or procedures. -Performers are working with dangerous or delicate equipment that requires a definite set of rules to use the equipment. -Safety or security training is being conducted. -Performer is performing tasks that require handling cash. This style is ineffective when: -Work habits form that is hard to break, especially if they are no longer useful. -Performers lose their interest in their sports and in their fellow teammates. -Performers do only what is expected of them and no more. Democratic Leadership Style The democratic leadership style is also called the participative style as it encourages performers to be a part of the decision making. The democratic coach keeps his or her performers informed about everything that affects their work and shares decision making and problem solving responsibilities. This style requires the leader to be a coach who has the final say, but gathers information from staff members before making a decision. ...read more.


-It's easier and more cost-effective for the coach to make the decision. -The business can't afford mistakes. -The coach feels threatened by this type of leadership. -Performer safety is a critical concern. Laissez-Faire Leadership Style The laissez-faire leadership style is also known as the "hands-off´┐Ż style. It is one in which the coach provides little or no direction and gives performers as much freedom as possible. All authority or power is given to the performers and they must determine goals, make decisions, and resolve problems on their own. This is an effective style to use when: -Performers are highly skilled, experienced, and educated. -Performers have pride in their work and the drive to do it successfully on their own. -Outside experts, such as staff specialists or consultants are being used -Performers are trustworthy and experienced. This style should not be used when: -It makes performers feel insecure at the unavailability of a coach. -The coach cannot provide regular feedback to let performers know how well they are doing. -Coaches are unable to thank performers for their good work. -The coach doesn't understand his or her responsibilities and is hoping the performers can cover for him or her. ...read more.

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