Graduation Year

Spring 2012

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Psychology

Reader 1

Jay Conger

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Abstract

The purpose of the study is to identify specific leadership behaviors of team captains and to determine how perceived leadership behaviors influence teammates’ perception of cohesion and satisfaction. Last, the study will demonstrate the relationship between perceived team captain leadership and team success mediated by perceived cohesion and satisfaction, while controlling for athletic ability. The team captains and coaches, from division III teams, were interviewed and team mates were given three surveys: Athlete Leadership Survey (ALS), Group Environment Questionnaire (GEQ) and an Athlete Satisfaction Questionnaire (ASQ), measuring perceived leadership, cohesion, and satisfaction respectively. Statistically significant results of two bivariate regression analyses between ASL and ASQ, and team success (defined by winning percentage), suggest a strong positive relationship between perceived team captain leadership and team success. Yet, the effect was decreased when mediated by perceived satisfaction.

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