Transformational Leadership and Leadership Substitutes Variables as Determinants of Coaches’ Job Satisfaction in Thailand

By Duangkrai Taweesuk and Aminuddin Yusof.

Published by The Sport Collection

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The purpose of this research was to determine the influence of transformational leadership behavior of head coaches and leadership substitute variables as determinants assistant coaches’ job satisfaction in Thailand. This research involved 250 Thai assistant coaches in 30 sports. The collected data the finding showed that head coaches were perceived to have high overall transformational leadership behavior. Overall mean score of leadership substitutes was at a moderate level and job satisfaction of assistant coaches’ at a high level. Study showed that there was a significant relationship between assistant coaches’ perception of their head coaches’ transformational leadership behavior and assistant coaches job’ satisfaction. In this study, spatial distance between superior and subordinates was discovered to be leadership enhancers, while intrinsically satisfying tasks to be a neutralizer of transformational leadership behaviours in Thailand. It was concluded that transformational leadership behaviours of head coaches have a direct relationship with assistant coaches’ job satisfaction in the absence of a strong leadership enhancer or neutralizer. However, in the presence of leadership enhancer and neutralizer, it was concluded that transformational leadership behavours of head coaches influenced assistant coaches’ job satisfaction indirectly, through the moderating effects of the enhancers and neutralizer.

Keywords: Transformational Leadership Behaviours of Head Coaches,, Job Satisfaction of Assistant Coaches, Leadership Substitutes

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.29-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 800.014KB).

Dr. Duangkrai Taweesuk

Department of Health and Sport Science, Faculty of Education, Mahasarakham University, Thailand, Thailand

2000-2006: working at Department of health and sport science, Mahsarakham University Thailand. And coaching track & fields at Mahasarakham University. 2007-2009: Studing for Ph.D in the Department of sport studies, Faculty of Educational Studies, University Putra Malysia, Malaysia.

Dr. Aminuddin Yusof

Research Fellow, Sports Academy, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Aminuddin Yusof is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Educational Studies, University Putra Malaysia. In 2004, he was appointed as the director of the university’s Sports Academy. Dr. Aminuddin Yusof received his tertiary education in the United States; his B.A. from Wilmington College, his M.A. from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Aminuddin has been actively involved in research and professional services in the areas of Sports Management, Sports Industry and Sports Tourism. In addition to his publications in national and international sports science and physical education journals and others, he has made invited and keynote presentations at various professional meetings such as the Malaysian Association for Physical Education, Sports Science and Fitness (PPJSKM) and International Council for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (ICHPER) conferences. He is actively involved in professional activities with Persatuan Pendidikan Jasmani, Sains Sukan, Kesihatan dan Kecergasan Malaysia (PPJSKM) as Journal Editor (2003-2004), Program Chair of Research Bureau (2002-2003) and Program Chair for Academic and Professional Education Bureau (1999-2001). His professional services include, but are not limited to, as a program evaluator for the National Accreditation Board (LAN), a member for National Committee on Sports Science Guidelines, and as External Examiner, Sports Science Graduate & Undergraduate Programs for several Malaysian universities.