Considering his rhetoric outbursts, physical abuses and failure to control his anger and emotions, some players decided to quit basketball under Knight’s coaching. Knight’s lack of tolerance to followers meant that the players had to be perfect, making no mistakes. However, instead of nurturing them as required to ensure they did not make mistakes, Knight used physical abuses and verbal rhetoric, which instilled fear in his players. However, Knight’s approach in leadership bore results and made him one of the highest performing coaches in history. Autocratic leadership is the best leadership style in cases where an action is needed in the fastest time possible and where one person has to manage the situation to avoid arguments over different decisions; handling an emergency is a good application of this leadership style. Autocratic leadership is necessary in managing critical circumstances that need orders from a central point. Consequently, Knight succeeded to in his coaching career by treating every training or game session as an emergency, where everything had to be done promptly and in the most accurate way possible. For instance, in just one year after employment in Texas Tech, the Red Raiders managed to post 23 and 9, a record score for the team; this was followed by three more consecutive season wins (Snook, Perlow & Delacey, 2005). Therefore, though this leadership style was harsh to followers, results were drastic and with a high degree of success. On the contrary, coach K, A Matter
of the Heart involved the use of transformative leadership. Coach K as a transformative leader was not interested in sudden wins and emergency changes in his team, but was more focused on instilling a permanent change in his team by...
The paper talks about autocratic leaders which have a tendency of making decisions for others to follow and not to question; these decisions are in most cases imposed on followers. Autocratic leaders have the belief that their decisions are the best to deal with a situation and others have to follow their authority to the latter.
Knight’s approach in leadership bore results and made him one of the highest performing coaches in history. Autocratic leadership is the best leadership style in cases where an action is needed in the fastest time possible and where one person has to manage the situation to avoid arguments over different decisions; handling an emergency is a good application of this leadership style.
In conclusion the report proclaims that transformative and aristocratic leadership styles detail the use of different and contrasting approaches in leading a team or an organization. The major difference was that while Knight had no time to listen to his player and used commands, Coach K had the patience to give people their freedom to speak out what they thought, and treated the training sessions as learning opportunities for all to gain. To his players, he was more a mentor than a coach. While aristocratic leadership is a ‘one man show’ and is based on commands, transformational leadership requires collective participation, freedom to express oneself and a process that leads to a change of attitude, skills and acquisition of knowledge about the best way to achieve the results. In other words, the latter leadership style facilitates passing of skills from the leader to the followers.