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Loughead, Todd (Kinesiology)
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Athlete leadership has been defined as an athlete occupying a formal or informal role within the team, who influences a group of team members towards achieving a common goal (Loughead et al., 2006). The purpose of the present study was to examine whether an athlete's leadership status (i.e., formal athlete leader, informal athlete leader, athlete non-leader) moderated the leadership behavior to cohesion relationship. Overall, four moderation results were found. The relationship between Positive Feedback and ATG-T, ATG-S, and GI-T differed between informal athlete leaders and athlete non-leaders. In addition, Positive Feedback to GI-T differed between formal athlete leaders and athlete non-leaders. In all cases, the relationship between Positive Feedback and cohesion was in a positive direction for athlete leaders, and in a negative direction for athlete non-leaders. For all other relationships, no differences were found between leadership statuses, indicating a sense of shared leadership amongst teammates. Practical implications of these results are discussed.
Crozier, Alyson, "Investigating the Moderating Role of Athlete Leadership on Leadership Behaviors and Perceptions of Cohesion" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 255.