Leading and Leadership in Sport for Development
A seminar hosted by UTS’ Centre for Business and Social Innovation (CBSI) has given audiences an opportunity to join the emerging conversation on sport for development leadership.
The field of sport for development has been of increased interest to a number of stakeholders in recent years. While the main body of sport for development research has focused on the efficacy of the interventions themselves, there is an emerging research agenda that examines the nature of leadership in sport for development.
Visiting Scholar Jon Welty Peachey is a pioneer of leadership research in sport for development. His research into a US-based sport for development organisation is the foundational investigation of leaders and leadership behaviours in sport for development.
Presenting at the UTS Business School, Welty Peachey discussed the findings of this inaugural study and their implications, exploring the role of Servant Leadership in sport for development organisations.
“Servant Leadership - which calls for a focus on followers first and the organisation second - may be the way forward for leadership in Sport for Development” Welty Peachey stated.
“Servant leadership - especially aspects stewardship, relationship building, and acceptance - is critical to their practice”.
Despite its obvious advantages for the sector, servant leadership is not without its challenges. A balance must be maintained between focusing on followers, and the wider logistics as well as resources.
The conversation around leadership in sport for development still requires more attention to address its opportunities and challenges, but events like this provide an important forum for this emerging conversation.
“Leading and Leadership in Sport for Development” was hosted by Centre for Business and Social Innovation (CBSI ) and held at the UTS Business School on Friday, 27 July 2018.