. Revista de Educaţie Fizică, Sport şi Ştiinte Conexe
15 mai 2017
Mehmet ACET, Osman GUMUSGUL, Utku ISIK 

In this study, the aim was to investigate leadership characteristics of football coaches who was member of Turkish Football Coach Association according to some variables. With this aim, Leadership Scale for Sport was applied to 144 football coaches in coach development seminar which was organized by Turkish Football Coach Association. Leadership Scale for Sport developed by Chelladurai and Saleh (1980) to evaluate athletes’ perception of coaches’ behaviors, their leadership style or how athletes perceive their behaviors in 5 subscales. According to the data collected from research group, there were not significant differences on age and coaching certificate variables (p>0,05); but there were significant differences on coaches’ education situation and their experiences. With reference to this, in educational and teaching subscale coaches graduated from high school had significantly higher scores than bachelor graduated coaches (p<0,05;t=1,852). Additionally, it was observed that less experienced coaches had significantly higher scores in autocratic behavior than more experienced coaches (p<0,05; F=2,305). As a result, it is necessary that coaches giving direction to country football, should have leadership characteristics. There were not significant differences on age and coaching certificate variables on leadership subscales, but it could be observed high school graduated coaches could have more educational and teaching behaviors. The reason could be high school graduated coaches was feeling more need to improve themselves. Also, it was expected result that younger coaches have been more autocratic than more experienced coaches, because they have been into effort to prove themselves.