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Title Transformational Leadership in Coaching
Publication Date
Degree EdD
Discipline/Department College of Education
Degree Level doctoral
University/Publisher Ashland University
Abstract Coaching processes have changed over the years, as have the young people who play sports. Because the field of coaching is so dynamic in nature there will always be a need to explore ways to improve and modify coaching techniques. The study of transformational leadership in coaching is a subject that deserves further examination, as such inquiry has the potential for cultivating better coaching methods. Studying a transformational leader who is also a very successful coach will help in positively shaping coaching styles and habits. This investigation was a single qualitative case study where a successful coach was studied. Thirteen interviews were conducted with parents, former players, fellow coaches, and colleagues to get a well-rounded view of the kind of leadership characteristics and behaviors demonstrated by this individual. A focus group with seven current players was also conducted in order to capture the contemporary team and player perspective on this coach. All interviews and the focus group were recorded and transcribed. The transcriptions were then analyzed to reveal eight major themes and characteristics of the subject coach. The results showed that a successful coach should have passion, humility, a strong work ethic, a positive outlook, integrity, a presence with others, an empowering style, and be an over-all unique individual. The findings of this investigation present a framework for how to successfully coach and lead a team with a transformational leadership style. The field of coaching studies would benefit from further examination of this and other successful coaches who use similar styles of leadership in order to continue to develop positive and effective coaching traits.
Subjects/Keywords Educational Leadership; coaching; transformational leadership; leadership; American football; education
Contributors Olive, James (Committee Co-Chair); Alston, Judy (Committee Co-Chair)
Language en
Rights unrestricted ; This thesis or dissertation is protected by copyright: all rights reserved. It may not be copied or redistributed beyond the terms of applicable copyright laws.
Country of Publication us
Format application/pdf
Record ID oai:etd.ohiolink.edu:ashland1413120189
Repository ohiolink
Date Indexed 2016-12-22
Grantor Ashland University

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