Title: The art of athlete leadership: Identifying high-quality leadership at the individual and team level through Social Network Analysis
Authors: Fransen, Katrien ×
Van Puyenbroeck, Stef
Loughead, Todd
Vanbeselaere, Norbert
De Cuyper, Bert
Vande Broek, Gert
Boen, Filip #
Issue Date: Aug-2015
Series Title: Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology vol:37 issue:3 pages:274-290
Abstract: This research aimed to introduce Social Network Analysis as a novel technique in sports teams to identify the attributes of high-quality athlete leadership, both at the individual and at the team level. Study 1 included 25 sports teams (N = 308 athletes) and focused on athletes’ general leadership quality. Study 2 comprised 21 sports teams (N = 267 athletes) and focused on athletes’ specific leadership quality as a task, motivational, social, and external leader. The extent to which athletes felt connected with their leader proved to be most predictive for athletes’ perceptions of that leader’s quality on each leadership role. Also at the team level, teams with higher athlete leadership quality were more strongly connected. We conclude that Social Network Analysis constitutes a valuable tool to provide more insight in the attributes of high-quality leadership both at the individual and at the team level.
Description: We are grateful to Tim De Groote, Steven Puttemans, Stéfanie Verbiest, and Thomas Carpels for their assistance during the data collection.
ISSN: 0895-2779
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Physical Activity, Sports & Health Research Group
Algemene Diensten - UC Leuven
Social and Cultural Psychology
× corresponding author
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