Coach K Paper

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Coach K Final Exam
May 1, 2012 Coach Mike Krzyzewski was a phenomenal coach and leader. He had the most career wins in NCAA Division I history. His is a prime example of exceptional leadership. Throughout the book Leading with the Heart I have seen prime examples of the following leadership theories: transformational leadership, trait theory, behavioral theory, and power and influence theory. Coach Mike Krzyzewski is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He played point guard for the Cadet team. He retired from active duty in 1974 and started his coaching career. Coach K took over Duke during the 1980-81 season. He lead the Blue Devils to the NIT quarterfinals in his first year. Under his leadership the Blue
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He did not tell them what to do and how they had to do it. He said, “It’s not wise to force a person into a job description. Job descriptions should not be ready made. Rather they should be carved out to fit people on the team” (34). He wanted his staff to be there to make decisions based on what was best for the team, not based on a set of rules stated in a job description. The trait theorists believe that a person’s physical and psychological characteristics were the best to define leadership potential. Most of the traits were physical characteristics, social background, intelligence, personality, task related abilities, and social characteristics. Traits are external behaviors that come from what is going on within the leader’s mind. Trait theory helps identify qualities that are helpful when leading others. Coach K was made of up many different traits. I think the people loved being part of his team because of his personality and how inspiring he was. I am sure he could be a really tough basketball coach, but he sincerely cared about each and everyone of his players. Even in the first meeting he showed them how much he was going to be there to believe in them. Grant Hill, a former player, wrote in the forward, “Is this many crazy? I remember wondering. But when the meeting was over, I walked out of the locker room believing we were, indeed, going to win the national championship. That’s one of Coach K’s most

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