Document Type : Research Paper



The aim of this study was to examine the relationship of coaches’ servant leadership style with team efficacy and male athlete satisfaction in Iran handball super league. The research method was descriptive-correlation conducted by standard questionnaires of Servant Leadership, Team Efficacy and Athlete Satisfaction. The population of this study consisted of male players of 12 handball super league teams (N=216) in 2011. 105 questionnaires were collected randomly and analyzed using Pearson correlation coefficient, Structural Equation Modeling and path analysis. Findings indicated that servant leadership had a positive and significant relationship with team efficacy and athlete satisfaction but team efficacy did not show any significant relationship with athlete satisfaction. Also, among three subscales of leadership, only 'trust' subscale had a direct and significant effect on satisfaction and 'service' and 'humility' subscales had a direct and significant effect on team efficacy. All fit indexes of the two models showed a good fit of the data.


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