My sister is 9 years old. She plays co-ed summer baseball and has been with the same coach now for two years. He is a really mean and strict coach. His expectations of the 8 and 9 year old children are really high and his values of playing the game are off.
Instead of stressing that having fun and learning how to play the game are important, he emphasizes winning and rewards the children the children with a treat at the snack stand every game they win. He also keeps score of the game, which is technically not aloud at that age level. If one makes a mistake he is not afraid to shout it out loud in front of all the parents and his line up goes off of who played the best the last game down to who played the worst. At the end of each game, he gives the game ball to one outstanding player to acknowledge what they did good that game and teach the other children what they can improve on. He only does this if they win though which teaches them loosing is bad and they are not good baseball players if they don’t win.
I would say this coach uses Reward Power to lead his team to success. Reward Power is a function on the relationship between leader, followers, and the situation. It’s the influence over others due to one’s control over desired resources (Hughes et al, 2012). The coach is influencing the team to win every game by rewarding the children with a snack after the game and placing the spotlight on one child each time they win. They receive nothing but a stern talking to when they loose.
My theory as to why the coach leads him team like this is because the baseball league decides whose a good coach based off their stats for the year. This coach wants to continue coaching all the up to minor leagues and has the goal of making it to the little league world series. I think he wants this more than his child or team actually does.
Whatever the coaches motives are for being a ruthless leader, he has lost some good kids and players because of his attitude and morals of baseball. Winning isn’t everything.
Hughes, R .L., Ginnett, R. C., & Curphy, G. J. (2012). Leadership: Enhancing the lessons of experience. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Companies.