normative theory of leadership

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A theory that suggests that one of the primary functions of a leader, such as a coach, is to make decisions. When making the decision, the coach should consider the relative importance of the quality of the decision, and the acceptance of the decision by his or her athletes. According to the theory, in some circumstances the quality of the decision is of prime importance, while in other circumstances acceptance is of greater importance. Depending on the particular circumstances, the coach should use one of three decision-making coaching styles: autocratic, in which the coach makes decisions with little consultation; delegative, in which the coach delegates decision-making to others; or participative, in which the coach makes decisions jointly with the athletes.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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