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Contemporary Leadership in Sport Organizations eBook

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    Contemporary Leadership in Sport Organizations blends research on leadership with practical application of the skills and knowledge that students will need on the job. This text provides sport management students with a comprehensive understanding of the complex topic of leadership in sport through a presentation of foundational and contemporary research, numerous practical examples and analytical exercises, and thought-provoking self-assessments and quotes.

    More than leadership tips from a sport personality, Contemporary Leadership in Sport Organizations translates classic and contemporary research in leadership into leadership skills and behaviors that are useful in present-day sport settings. Synopses of research findings are presented in table format for an accessible approach to understanding the three Rs of leadership: relationships, results, and responsibility. In addition, a variety of learning features reinforce content:

    • Practical examples provide opportunities to critically consider the concepts under discussion.
    • Chapter-opening objectives, as well as pre- and postchapter self-assessments, help students measure their understanding of chapter content.
    • Specific examples and case studies applicable to a broad range of sport leadership roles put research into practice.
    • On the Sidelines stories, Your Thoughts boxes, and questions at the end of chapters are incorporated throughout the book to provide examples and stimulate discussions applicable to a broad range of sport leadership roles across youth, amateur, intercollegiate, professional, and commercial sport organizations.

    Part I of the text offers a leadership primer, introducing the elements of business and educational environments in which sport organizations operate. Students will learn how leaders in sport organizations typically assume both managerial and leadership roles and how these roles integrate and diverge, and they will review the historical foundation and evolution of leadership theories from the academic literature. Part II covers applied leadership thought and action and how leaders can become more effective in addressing critical challenges of the present and future. Key topics such as decision making, organizational change, emotional intelligence, vision, strategic planning, and crisis management are discussed. Professional growth and development are the focus of part III, considering multiple approaches and tools for improving self-understanding, personal development, and leadership mentoring.

    Contemporary Leadership in Sport Organizations provides a foundational and contextualized body of information regarding thought and practice in leadership to inform and inspire students of sport management. Whether preparing for leadership roles in sport organizations or preparing for teaching, research, and academic study in the field of sport leadership, students will gain a solid understanding of the theoretical foundations of leadership in sport and how it is applied to sport-related organizations of all types and sizes.


    Primary text for upper-level undergraduate or graduate sport management courses in sport leadership; reference for academic libraries and researchers in sport management and leadership.

    Table of Contents


    Part I. A Leadership Primer
    Chapter 1. A Leadership Primer
    Defining Leadership
    Settings for Leadership in Sport Organizations
    Management and Leadership: Mutually Exclusive or Integrated?
    Levels of Analysis in Leadership
    Additional Frameworks for Understanding Leadership
    Historical Leadership Theory and Research
    Foundational Research in Sport Leadership
    Contemporary Leadership Thought: What We Have Learned

    Chapter 2. Results, Relationships, and Responsibility

    Part II. Contemporary Thought in Leadership Applications for Sport Organizations
    Chapter 3. Emotional Intelligence and Leadership
    Defining Emotional Intelligence
    Why Is EI Important for Sport Leaders?
    Research and EI
    Applying EI in Organizational Leadership

    Chapter 4. Building a Culture of Success
    Leadership and Organizational Culture: The Foundation
    Research in Sport Organizational Culture
    Building a Culture of Success in Sport Organizations

    Chapter 5. Vision and Strategic Leadership
    Leadership and Vision in Sport Organizations
    Strategic Leadership

    Chapter 6. Complexity and Problem Solving
    Changing Environment for Leadership
    Competencies and Skills for Creative Problem Solving
    Sources of Complex Problems in Sport Organizations
    Approaches to Problem Solving

    Chapter 7. Change, Turnaround, and Crisis Leadership
    Change Leadership
    Turnaround Leadership
    Crisis Leadership

    Chapter 8. Diversity Leadership
    Defining Diversity
    Perspectives on Gender, Culture and Nationality
    Surface-Level versus Deep-Level Diversity
    Diversity Representation and Embracing Diversity
    Diversity Representation in Sport
    Organizational Leadership and Diversity
    Women and Special Populations in Sport
    Leadership Competencies and Diversity

    Chapter 9. Globalization and Leadership
    Terminology and Forms of Globalization
    Globalization in a Sport Context
    Globalization and Leadership

    Part III. Developing Sport Leaders of the Future
    Chapter 10. Leadership Learning and Development
    Perspectives on Leadership Development
    How Do We Learn to Lead?
    Leadership Learning Applied
    Planning and Implementing Leadership Development

    Chapter 11. Future Considerations
    Leadership Skills of the Future
    Sport Organizations as Learning Organizations
    Case Studies
    Final Thoughts

    About the Author

    About the Author

    David Scott, EdD, is associate dean for research and information management in the college of education at the University of New Mexico. He received his bachelor of science in physical education from Texas A&M University, his master of science in physical education from Midwestern State University, and his doctor of education in physical education with specialization in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado. Scott began his career as a teacher and coach of multiple sports in public schools and eventually coached intercollegiate football at the NAIA and NCAA Division II level. His university teaching has included undergraduate and graduate courses in exercise science; sport leadership; organizational theory for sport; administration of sport personnel; public relations in health, physical education, and health; principles of coaching; and management concepts for sport and fitness. He has also advised numerous doctoral dissertations, graduate students in sport administration, athletes, and undergraduate physical education majors.

    Scott’s research emphasis is leadership and organizational behavior in sport organizations, with a secondary interest in predictive data mining for sport management. He also has an interest in coaching and athletic administration education and conducts workshops dealing with various aspects of leadership and management training for coaches and athletic administrators. He has published research and conceptual articles in several refereed journals, including Journal of Sport Management, Quest, International Journal of Sport Management, International Journal of Sport Management & Marketing, and Journal of Contemporary Athletics. He has also published several book chapters and has presented at multiple state, national, and international conferences. Scott is a member of the North American Society for Sport Management and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

    In his free time, Scott enjoys trail running with his Alaskan malamutes, racquetball, tennis, hiking, and trout fishing.


    All ancillary materials for this text are FREE to course adopters and available at

    Presentation package. Includes over 200 PowerPoint slides of text and artwork from the book that instructors can use for class discussion and demonstration. The slides in the presentation package can be used directly in PowerPoint or printed for transparencies or handouts for distribution to students. Instructors can easily add, modify, and rearrange the order of the slides as well as search for images based on key words.

    The presentation package is also available for purchase • ISBN 978-1-4504-6577-9.