The Comparison of Leadership Styles and Satisfaction of Student Athletes
AdvisorTorres, Robert M.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis study investigates the relationship of leadership styles displayed by head coaches of colligate athletics and the ascendent satisfaction of the student-athlete experience. Electronic questionnaires were sent to 431 active student athletes from an American Division 1 University, 40 athletes completed the questionnaire. Student athletes were requested to respond to a modified version of the Athlete Satisfaction Questionnaire (ASQ). This instrument accurately collected data on athletes’ current satisfaction regarding the overall satisfaction of the perceived student-athlete experience. Participants were then asked what leadership style best represented their head coach (Democratic, Autocratic, Laissez-faire). Participating student athletes from the American D1 university completed questionnaires identifying democratic leadership as the predominant leadership style displayed by head coaches, followed by laissez-faire, and autocratic. Further, the democratic leadership style yielded a higher amount of athlete satisfaction across all 11 measured factors when compared to the other leadership styles.
Degree ProgramGraduate College