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Title: The impact of athlete leaders on team members’ team outcome confidence: A test of mediation by team identification and collective efficacy
Authors: Fransen, Katrien ×
Coffee, Pete
Vanbeselaere, Norbert
Slater, Matthew
De Cuyper, Bert
Boen, Filip #
Issue Date: Dec-2014
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Series Title: The Sport Psychologist vol:28 issue:4 pages:347-360
Abstract: Research on the effect of athlete leadership on pre-cursors of team performance such as team confidence is sparse. To explore the underlying mechanisms of how athlete leaders impact their team’s confidence, an online survey was completed by 2,867 players and coaches from nine different team sports in Flanders (Belgium). We distinguished between two types of team confidence: collective efficacy, assessed by the CEQS subscales of Effort, Persistence, Preparation, and Unity; and team outcome confidence, measured by the Ability subscale. The results demonstrated that the perceived quality of athlete leaders was positively related to participants’ team outcome confidence. The present findings are the first in sport settings to highlight the potential value of collective efficacy and team identification as underlying processes. Because high-quality leaders strengthen team members’ identification with the team, the current study also provides initial evidence for the applicability of the identity based leadership approach in sport settings.
ISSN: 0888-4781
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Physical Activity, Sports & Health Research Group
Social and Cultural Psychology
Department of Health and Technology - UC Leuven
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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