Date of Award

2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Loughead, Todd

Keywords

Athlete, Development, Intervention, Leader, Leadership

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to develop, implement, and examine a new program of leadership development with varsity athletes. The sample comprised 27 varsity athletes (Mage = 20.30, SD = 2.07) who were assigned to a rookie (n = 7), emerging (n = 11), or veteran (n = 9) leader group based on their year of tenure. Each group participated in four workshops over the course of a season focused on developing both leader (human capital) and leadership (social capital) capabilities. In terms of leader development, results indicated significant increases in ratings of the use of eight of 10 targeted leader behaviors from pre-intervention to post-intervention. In terms of leadership development, results indicated significant increases in ratings of task-involving climate, team integration, personal development, and team performance as well as a desired significant decrease in ratings of ego-involving climate.

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