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Reimagining Leadership in Sport Management: Lessons From the Social Construction of Leadership

Journal Article


Abstract


  • 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.

UOW Authors


  •   Billsberry, Jon A.
  •   Mueller, Jacqueline (external author)
  •   Skinner, James (external author)
  •   Swanson, Steve (external author)
  •   Corbett, Ben (external author)
  •   Ferkins, Lesley (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Billsberry, J., Mueller, J., Skinner, J., Swanson, S., Corbett, B. & Ferkins, L. (2018). Reimagining Leadership in Sport Management: Lessons From the Social Construction of Leadership. Journal of Sport Management, 32 (2), 170-182.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85044846395

Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 170

End Page


  • 182

Volume


  • 32

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • 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.

UOW Authors


  •   Billsberry, Jon A.
  •   Mueller, Jacqueline (external author)
  •   Skinner, James (external author)
  •   Swanson, Steve (external author)
  •   Corbett, Ben (external author)
  •   Ferkins, Lesley (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Billsberry, J., Mueller, J., Skinner, J., Swanson, S., Corbett, B. & Ferkins, L. (2018). Reimagining Leadership in Sport Management: Lessons From the Social Construction of Leadership. Journal of Sport Management, 32 (2), 170-182.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85044846395

Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 170

End Page


  • 182

Volume


  • 32

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States