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In this cross-sectional study, we examined a mediational model whereby transformational leadership is related to task cohesion via sacrifice. Participants were 381 American (Mage = 19.87 years, SD = 1.41) Division I university athletes (188 males, 193 females) who competed in a variety of sports. Participants completed measures of coach transformational leadership, personal and teammate inside sacrifice, and task cohesion. After conducting multilevel mediation analysis, we found that both personal and teammate inside sacrifice significantly mediated the relationships between transformational leadership behaviors and task cohesion. However, there were differential patterns of these relationships for male and female athletes. Interpretation of the results highlights that coaches should endeavor to display transformational leadership behaviors as they are related to personal and teammate inside sacrifices and task cohesion.
Lorcan Donal Cronin is with the School of Engineering, Sports and Sciences, University of Bolton, Bolton, United Kingdom. Calum Alexander Arthur is with the School of Sport, University of Stirling, Stirling, United Kingdom. James Hardy and Nichola Callow are with the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Bangor University, Bangor, United Kingdom. Address author correspondence to Lorcan Donal Cronin at L.Cronin@bolton.ac.uk.