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Reimagining leadership in sport management: Lessons from the social construction of leadership

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posted on 2024-06-05, 08:36 authored by J Billsberry, J Mueller, J Skinner, Steve SwansonSteve Swanson, B Corbett, L Ferkins
Conventional approaches to leadership in sport management regard leadership as a leader-centric phenomenon. Recent advances in the generic leadership literature have highlighted the way that people construct their own understanding of leadership and shown that these influence their assessment and responses to people they regard as leaders. This observer-centric perspective is collectively known as the social construction of leadership. In this conceptual paper, we demonstrate how this emerging theoretical approach can reframe and invigorate our understanding of leadership in sport management. We explore the research implications of this new approach, reflect on what this might mean for teaching, and discuss the practical ramifications for leadership in sport management that might flow from the adoption of this approach.

History

Journal

Journal of Sport Management

Volume

32

Pagination

170-182

Location

Champaign, Ill.

ISSN

0888-4773

eISSN

1543-270X

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal, C Journal article

Copyright notice

2018, Human Kinetics

Issue

2

Publisher

HUMAN KINETICS PUBL INC