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An Analysis of Leadership Behavior Preferred by Individual Sports Athletes at Inter-University-Level


Pawar Ranjeet Singh, C.V. Raman University
Sharma Raj Kumar, S.A.I Training Centre Digvijay Stadium
Yadav Ravindra Kumar, R.D. University


The purpose of the study was to assess the leadership preference of inter-university level male athletes involved in individual sports; and to discover the difference in preferred leadership among inter-university level athletes involved in individual sports. Four hundred and nine male athletes from individual sports (Track and Field=146, Gymnastics=142, and Cross Country=121), who represented their respective universities in individual sports and games, i.e. Gymnastics, Cross Country, and Track and Field at various inter-university competitions, and who volunteered to participate in the study, were selected as the subjects. Their age ranged from 18 to 25 years. The Leadership Scale for Sports developed and prepared in 1994 by P. Chelladurai was used to measure five dimensions of leader behavior preferred by male athletes involved in individual sports. Means, standard deviations, and the F-ratio were computed to establish the significance of the differences among the athletes regarding the five dimensions of leader behavior of preferred leadership. The level of significance was set at p <0.05. The data analysis revealed that the male players from the individual sports group had similar preferences in all the leader behavior dimensions.


preferred leadership, individual sports, inter-university level

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