Essay on Management vs Leadership: Coach Knight vs Coach K

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Management vs. Leadership: Coach Knight and Coach Krzyzewski Cristen S. Carpenter
Grand Canyon University: LDR600
July 17, 2013

Management vs. Leadership: Coach Knight and Coach Krzyzewski Effective management and leadership are as imperative to the success of athletic coaches as they are in the business world. Coach Bobby Knight (CBK) and Coach Mike Krzyzewski (CMK) are recognized as being two of the most influential and successful coaches in athletics. This case study will examine the leadership and management characteristics and traits each coach exhibits, examine which roll, leadership or management, either coach’s characteristics favor and will how each coach’s methods affect their effectiveness respectively.
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CMK exudes extraversion, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness. He possesses elements of both positional power and personal power, yet reference and expertise seem to be the driving forces of his power. CMKs leadership style and qualities is know for teaching character as well as basketball, producing decent, well-rounded citizens that view him as a father figure. CMKs reputation has lead to the creation of a world-famous annual leadership conference (Coach K, 2005).
Leadership is an ongoing process exhibited by both coaches. The similar successes of both CBK and CMK are excellent examples of Yukl’s (1989) study concluding that two different sets of traits and characteristics can yield equally successful outcomes in similar situations. CBK is a leader with strong managerial tendencies and CMK is a passionate leader, capable of managerial duties, but passionate about leadership. Their styles and deliveries, as different as they are, make CBK and CMK two of the most successful and respected coaches in sports. Each coach’s methods are perceived differently in the public eye, yet both are effective, as they will both go down as two of the greatest coaches ever.
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