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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Qingwen Dong

First Committee Member

Alan Ray

Second Committee Member

Kenneth Day


This study examined if supervisors within intercollegiate athletic settings have a higher tendency to use task-oriented management styles than supervisors outside of athletics. The study also assessed if athletic supervisors would have a higher tendency to adapt their leadership style based on situational factors. 214 respondents were asked to complete a five-part survey, comprised of two management communication styles, emotional intelligence, the Leadership Adaptability Style Index, and demographic information. Two additional questions raised in the study posed the same questions in relation to all respondents within athletics and those outside athletics. The results showed no significant differences in management styles or adaptability of supervisors or non- supervisors





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