Leadership Development and Effectiveness Among Female Sport Directors




Elms, Rachel

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Women’s participation in sport has increased significantly, however, women remain significantly underrepresented in leadership positions at all levels of sport (Burton, 2015). With regard to women and leadership in sport, the literature has primarily focused on gender variation in leadership style (Bass, 1996; Eagly, Johannesen-Schmidt, & van Engen, 2003; Eagly & Karau, 2002; Sharpe, 2000), with limited research addressing leader effectiveness or changes in leadership style over time. Furthermore, studies pertaining to the interaction between leader gender and leadership style in sport are also limited. Thus, the purpose of this research is to investigate leadership style in sport as it relates to gender, years in leadership positions, and effectiveness, via a systematic literature review. This review will seek to identify, select, and critically examine secondary data relative to sport leader gender, leader style, leader effectiveness, and years of leadership experience.


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