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Skill Acquisition What factors contribute to make a good leader and how might your style of leadership vary to be successful when involved in an individual, racket and team activities? Saddam Hussein Tony Blair (A controversial leader in his time) A democratic leader A strong autocratic leader Jose Mourinho A prescribed leader Gareth Southgate An emergent leader Introduction In sport a good leader is essential to the team, a team or an individual without a good leader who can head them in the right direction will probably fail. Is a good racket leader also a good football leader? Can a good football captain also be a good tennis captain? In many ways yes but there are a lot of factors that separate apart the different types of leaders? There are many factors that can make a good leader, most people would agree that a leader is a strategic thinker, visionary, self-directed, good communicational skills (ie, verbal, nonverbal). Leaders also are described as having a professional personal image and interpersonal skills, and they are reliable, open minded, ethical, honest, mentors, nonjudgmental, sensitive, flexible, fairness organised, and reliable, they must lead by example, and they must be able to negotiate. There are different ways of how leaders gain their position within a team. ...read more.


These types of leaders can be used in different types of sports: Individual leaders An individual performer will be an autocratic leader as they need to set a strict routine for training and performance, until recently Andrew Murry was an individual leader until he employed his own manager to help him to improve his skills to the next level. Individual leaders would need a clear view of the goals that they want to achieve. A laissez-Faire leader would be unable to motivate these people for the task and would therefore be unsuccessful. Team Leaders These are leaders that are employed by a board of management, i.e a football team board will decide who is best fit to manage the new team, they also have power of their wage, and they also have the power to sack them if they are not performing their job properly, an example of this is when Alan Pardew got sacked from being the West Ham United football club manager because he wasn't performing his job properly. Racket sports leaders Like individual leaders these are people who lead individual people, a bond would need to be established on a personal level which means a democratic style of leadership would be needed to be set up between the performers. ...read more.


Leaders who have more trust with the team tend to be more emergent leaders who have worked their way up the leadership scale. Answering this question I have found out that a good leader can be both people orientated as well as task orientated. In different sports one style of leadership may be mainly used in certain activities but aspects of others may be preferred by different people in different teams and people playing at different levels. People have their own opinion on what makes up a good leader but there are certain aspects that most people will agree on that are essential to make up a good leader. It has also helped me to understand more the difference between the styles of leadership and generally the different styles are used for certain sporting activities but this may not always be the case as aspects of a different style might be used . To be a successful leader in a sporting activity you need to think about what style of leadership you will use whether you are more person or task orientated depending on the type of activity. You also need to consider the people you are coaching/leading as your style and attitude may have to vary. ...read more.

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