Contemporary Leadership in Sport Organizations
In a quickly growing and evolving society, organizations at all levels face ongoing challenges and complexities that require specific leadership skills. This book brings together research on leadership--both within and outside of sport settings--to provide comprehensive knowledge of skills and practices relevant to the sport industry. With sport-specific examples, students will learn an effective approach to leadership thought, strategy, and action to apply in recreational, interscholastic, intercollegiate, and professional sport organizations as well as the rapidly growing esports industry. Students will first learn the historical and foundational concepts of leadership, defining what effective leadership is and the primary outcomes of good leadership. Contemporary thought and leadership approaches for present-day challenges are then presented, bringing concepts to life within the unique contexts of sport organizations of all levels and types. Modern leadership concepts that are explored include emotional intelligence and its role in developing authentic leadership, data-informed decision making and problem solving, behaviors and actions that are most effective in crisis situations, and the leadership-as-practice movement. New student learning activities, delivered through HK Propel, are designed to engage students in a learning experience that turns the principles learned into practical leadership skills. Case studies (some of which include video examples) expand on chapter content and present real-world examples of sport leadership across a broad range of roles. These contain open-ended discussion questions that encourage students to think critically about the cases and about their own future careers. Activities encourage students to put research into practice, while interactive branching scenarios immerse students in the decision-making process, applying strategies presented in the book to navigate through each simulation to discover the most optimal outcome. Modern sport organizations at all levels are evolving into increasingly complex and diverse entities that require adaptable and effective leaders. The book provides the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to inspire students to become successful leaders in the sport industry.
- 2022 David Scott
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