Leading and Leadership in Sport for Development
The UTS Centre for Business and Social Innovation are pleased to host a seminar on leading and leadership in sport for development.
There has been an increased interest in the field of sport for development (SFD) within policy circles, in academia, and in practice over the past 20 years (Schulenkorf, Sherry, & Rowe, 2016; Welty Peachey & Cohen, 2016). The majority of research within SFD has examined the efficacy of interventions on achieving a variety of outcomes, such as facilitating social inclusion of marginalized individuals; building social capital; and contributing to cross-cultural understanding and peacebuilding efforts. Recently, some SFD research has extended into examining the nature of leadership. Wells and Welty Peachey’s (2016) inaugural investigation of a US-based SFD organization revealed the founder and regional leaders exhibited servant leadership behaviors, as perceived by their followers. However, the investigation of SFD leadership is still in its infancy, and is a critical area of inquiry needed within SFD research. In this presentation, we seek to explore how both leaders and employees in SFD organizations understand and utilize leadership in this context, and how leadership met work-based psychological needs of employees (Schulenkorf, 2017). Overall, our findings revealed that top leaders in SFD organizations were practicing servant leadership behaviors, and that they were doing so by establishing vision and aligning the organization with that vision; by empowering followers towards autonomy; by fostering a growth mindset for the organization and for employees to satisfy competency needs; and by satisfying needs for relatedness (Ryan & Deci, 2000, 2002).
Join us at UTS Business school to be part of the emerging conversation on sport for development leadership.