A Systematic Observation of Coach Leadership Behaviors in Youth Sport

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Lefebvre, Jordan Sylvain
Turnnidge, Jennifer
Côté, Jean
The purpose of this study was to examine coach leadership behaviors within the full-range leadership model using systematic observation. Seven male head coaches of youth soccer teams were observed over 2 training sessions and 1 competition, resulting in 9,760 recorded behaviors. Descriptive data revealed that the majority of coach behaviors in training and competition were neutral interactive behaviors. When displaying leadership (e.g., transformational, transactional), coaches more frequently displayed individualized consideration and inspirational motivation and less frequently displayed intellectual stimulation and idealized influence. These findings provide insight into the leadership behaviors employed by coaches, which can inform future leadership workshops focused on promoting athlete development.