Path Goal Theory Essay

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Analysis of Miracle from a Leadership and Coaching Perspective. Analysis of Miracle from a Leadership and Coaching Perspective Elisa Van Kirk Smith College It would be safe to say that most sports fanatics have seen the Disney movie Miracle. However, viewing it from a coaching and leadership perspective is a very different experience. The movie is very instructive and helpful for coaches to understand how a man took a team that was not supposed to win to victory. Using many different models of leadership to analyze the actions of coach Herb Brooks is no easy task. Yet, by analyzing the film using Tuckman’s 4-Stage Model of Group Development, I was able to clearly delineate the four stages (forming, storming, norming, performing) that Coach Brook’s team goes through. The forming stage of Tuckerman’s model occurs immediately in the film. From the beginning, Coach Brooks wants to form a hybrid team, a model that had not been used until then with a team in the United States. Coach brooks wants to take the Canadian style of play and mesh it with the Soviet team style of play. He was looking for a higher level of player, both mentally and physically. Because he knew his team would not have the same talent to compete with the powerhouse nations in hockey, he believed he needed players that were going to be tougher and more physically fit than the others. When Coach Brooks reflects on why the U.S. All-star team gets blown out against competition, he states that he wants to create a system that would work for everyone. (5:53-Miracle). When the tryouts are conducted, Coach Brooks forms his team after only one day of the trials, even though he has the whole week to do so. According to the Vroom-Yetton-Jago decision-making model, Coach Brook uses an autocratic style. He made the decision about who would make up the team and informed his assistant coach and the Olympic
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