Tale of Two Coaches

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Case Study Analysis Paper1: A Tale of Two Coaches
Cruz Ruiz
Grand Canyon University
Leadership Styles and Development
Steve Young
September 18, 2012

Case Study Analysis Paper1: A Tale of Two Coaches
Leaders influence others towards common goals. According to Northouse, leadership is defined as a process of influencing a group of individuals so that they can achieve a common goal (Northouse, 2010, page 3). There are different perspectives on leadership, such as the leadership being viewed as a trait and leadership being viewed as a process. Individuals in leadership also have the power to influence others in different areas of their lives. This paper will compare the leadership perspectives of two coaches and discuss the base powers that both coaches rely upon. Comparison of leadership and management will also be discussed. There are different perspectives on leadership. Leadership can be viewed as a process or as a trait. One who views leadership as a process, views it as a transactional event that occurs between the leader and the follower as the leader affects and is affected by followers (Northouse, pg.3). The trait perspective of leadership suggest that individuals have inborn characteristics that separate them from non-leaders (Northouse, pg.4). Coach Mike Krzyzewski (a.k.a. Coach K.) and Coach Knight, although having very different leadership styles, both have had very successful careers as basketball coaches.

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