Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Todd M. Loughead


Athlete Leadership, Athlete Satisfaction, Authentic Leadership, Leadership, Team Cohesion, Youth Sport




The purpose of the present study was twofold. The first purpose was to determine if youth sport athletes perceived their head coaches and athlete leaders to differ in their frequency of use of authentic leadership behaviours. The second purpose was to determine which authentic leadership behaviours for each group were related to the outcomes of cohesion and athlete satisfaction. The sample comprised 119 competitive youth sport athletes. Results indicated that head coaches and athlete leaders both displayed all four authentic leadership behaviours (self-awareness, relational transparency, internalized moral perspective, and balanced processing of information), with head coaches displaying all four behaviours more frequently than athlete leaders. Results of the hierarchical regression showed that the head coach authentic leadership behaviours of self-awareness, relational transparency, and internalized moral perspective were significantly positively related to the outcomes of task cohesion and athlete satisfaction with the coach. For athlete leaders, significant positive relationships were found between balanced processing and social cohesion as well as between self-awareness and athlete satisfaction with teammates.