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Leadership is important in influencing behaviour in sport.

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  • Submitted: 23/01/2004
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Leadership

Leadership is important in influencing behaviour in sport. Team captains, managers, coaches, teachers all need leadership qualities. Barrow saw leadership as the behavioural process influencing individuals and groups towards set goals. Leadership involves personal relationships and affects the motivation of individuals and groups.

An effective leader has a number of qualities; no single quality will ensure effectiveness on its own. Leaders should have good communication skills, high motivation, enthusiasm, have a clear goal of what needs to be achieved, empathy, have a good knowledge of the sport and charisma. Some of these characteristics may be learned or some may be innate.

Early psychologists came up with the "Great Man Theory," suggesting people were born with leadership characteristics, whereas more recent studies refute this claim arguing that social learning theory is more relevant. The "Great Man Theory" states that leaders are usually male and are born to be leaders because they have certain personality traits. This theory ignores situational factors and interactions with others, and on its own has very little value.

The interationist theory proposes that the personality of an individual is formed due to a combination of their innate traits

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