Date of Award

5-15-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Loughead, Todd

Keywords

Applied sport psychology, leadership, leadership development

Rights

CC-BY-NC-ND

Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to implement and evaluate a leadership development program that targets the enhancement of athlete leadership behaviours, cohesion, and collective efficacy. The sample comprised of 14 male major midget hockey players (M = 16.46, SD = 0.78) from one team competing in the Bluewater Hockey League during the 2017-2018 season. Players participated in six leadership development workshops over the course of the season. The results indicated no significant mean changes at post-intervention for athlete leadership behaviours, cohesion, and collective efficacy. A focus group interview conducted with the team’s leadership core (i.e., captain and 3 assistant captain) following the intervention revealed that the players believed the leadership development program helped buffer against the negative effects of their on-ice performances.

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