Date of Award

2019

Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Todd Loughead

Keywords

athlete leadership, athlete satisfaction, cohesion, leader fairness, team sport

Rights

info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to examine athlete leader fairness in relation to athlete leadership behaviors, cohesion, and athlete satisfaction. Participants were 203 intercollegiate team sport athletes. Participants completed the Leadership Scale for Sports (Chelladurai & Saleh, 1980), Differentiated Transformational Leadership Inventory (Callow, Smith, Hardy, Arthur, & Hardy, 2009), Group Environment Questionnaire (Carron, Widmeyer, & Brawley, 1985), Athlete Satisfaction Questionnaire (Riemer & Chelladurai, 1998), and a leader fairness inventory (Colquitt, 2001). Task-oriented, transformational, and transactional athlete leadership behaviors were positively associated with perceptions of athlete leader procedural and distributive fairness. In turn, these perceptions of fairness were positively associated with task cohesion and satisfaction with performance and the team. Findings from the present study provide support for athlete leaders as a source of leader fairness perceptions in team sport. Additionally, perceptions of athlete leader fairness are identified as an antecedent of cohesion and athlete satisfaction.

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