Estudos de Psicologia (Natal)
Print version ISSN 1413-294X
GOMES, António Rui and CRUZ, José Fernando. Coach-athlete relationship and leadership practice: the perceptions of four high level competition coaches. Estud. psicol. (Natal) [online]. 2006, vol.11, n.1, pp. 5-15. ISSN 1413-294X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-294X2006000100002.
On this article we present the results on interviewing four high level competition Portuguese coaches. The aim was to look for information on the essential coaching competences, the working principles and philosophy, the main leadership exercise areas and the defended values on sports and professional practice. The results showed the relevancy of gathering good conceptual and personal competencies, clear and accepted principals, good working conditions and qualified athletes. Also evident were the complex tasks assumed on guiding the athletes (nine leadership exercise dimensions were found). Finally, it is essential to point out the importance given to obtaining sporting results (main goal) as well as the satisfactory working analyses and the value given to coaches' and athletes' self-development (side goals).
Keywords : leadership; sport; transformational; charisma.