Today I wanted to quickly touch on a really interesting article I read last month.
In The British Journal of Sports Medicine, a paper titled “Is there a correlation between coaches leadership style and injuries in elite football teams?” looked into the correlation between different head coach leadership styles and the rate of injuries across 37 football (soccer) teams in 17 countries.
The researchers essentially grouped all of the 37 head coaches into 3 types of leadership styles
Transformational – “involves more motivating and inspiring followers to go beyond their self-interest for the benefit of collective interests by providing vision, meaning, challenges, and stimulation”
Transactional – “Based on rewarding and disciplining followers on the basis of their achievements or failures”
Laissez-faire – “is in general, an absence of leadership”