Leadership Styles In Coach Carter

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Transforming Leadership on the Court
The movie “Coach Carter” is based on the real-life story of Ken Carter who returns to his former high school to bring back the basketball team. This school was in an African American community, where graduating only occurred about half of the time. The school allowed the players to walk around like they were above the law and saw basketball as the best times of the lives of many of the players- not the potential of them to be successful in school, let alone graduate or go to college. Carter changed the lives of many by changing the expectations of the players, and transformed the lives of his players. Carter used many leadership styles in his approach, each one another tool to bring about change. Carter
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Being an alumni of Richmond High, and experiencing success in high school basketball and into his adult career, he brought expert power on the importance of academics in athletes to the team from his own experiences on and off the court. The hard punishments for not meeting the expectations of the team- such as the 80 push-ups and 100 suicides assigned to Clyde after not performing to expectations during practice- it was not to make them feel defeated or less motivated, it was to push them outside their comfort zones and show them their true capabilities. When the team came together to help Clyde to complete the assignment, it shows that working together- that sense of community that will back you when you need help- allows for the work and challenges to be more easily attained (Carter, 2005). As Carter experienced the world outside of the high school doors and knew that due to the expectations of society, and the color of their skin, his players faced the reality that they were 80% more likely to go to jail than college. Carter laid his reputation and job on the line to hold his ground on locking out the team and sent a clear message on the importance of academics. He brought around societal change for the expectations of the student’s …show more content…
Stewardship is defined as “taking responsibility for the role entrusted to the leader [and] accept the responsibility they have been given to lead (Northouse, 2015).” Even though Carter was just a coach he took the responsibility of a coach off of the court and went the extra mile to make sure the contacts were followed and his players continued academic success. He understood that coaching did not mean just winning a game but providing guidance for his players and academic success of the entire team was one of his responsibilities. To expand on that, he also understood that being a leader, and a coach, required him to be committed to the growth of the players and he did this similarly by committing to helping the players learn the lessons in commitment, hard work, responsibility and keeping promises. Through his perseverance to make sure the contracts were followed, he helped the team to understand that there is more than just winning games and helped them to self-actualize, reach their potential and grow up (Northouse,

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