The Congruence between Preferred and Perceived Coaching Styles With Respect to Experience Difference in the Volleyball Clubs of Ethiopian Premier League | Original Article
Effective leadership is dynamic and is based on a complex series of interactions among leaders, group members and situational constraints. Positive outcomes will occur when there is congruence between the leaders’ actual behavior and the types of behavior desired by athletes. Thus, this study investigates the congruence between preferred and perceived coaching styles with respect to experience difference in the volleyball clubs of Ethiopian Premier League. A quantitative research approach of correlation design was employed to attain the objectives of the study. The eight volleyball clubs players (83 in number) selected through comprehensive sampling were the participants of the study. In this study Leadership Scale for Sports (LSS) questionnaire developed and validated by (Chelladurai Saleh, 1980) was used. Descriptive statistics like correlation was computed to see the congruence between the preferred and perceived leadership styles and one way ANOVA to find out the difference between preferred and perceived styles with different experience groups. The result revealed that the most preferred coaching style was training and instruction with a mean score of 3.80 in 5-point scale of never to always. Players also perceived their coaches to use training and instruction style most of the time (with a mean score 3. 61), the correspondence between preferred and perceived coaching style was found to be significant at p<0.01(with a value of parsons r = .811 indicating 65. 77 of congruence). No significant difference was observed in both preferred and perceived coaching styles with respect to difference in experience (F = .273 for preferred .071 for perceived).