Advanced Leadership Theory and Practice in Sports Management


The course examines leadership as a process, focusing on the leader, the followers, and the situation. It involves analysis of the sports industry with special emphasis on the sports manager's role and functions as well as in-depth analysis of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling as they apply to the sports manager. Students will have the opportunity to explore several leadership theories and their application in managing sports in contexts at different levels, such as amateur, professional, club, national and international sports. This will include examination of leadership styles as they affect the management process, and of the evolution of professional sports management practice. Key concepts of organizational theory will be applied to various structural components that address the management specifics of how to plan, organize, control, and direct a sports enterprise as well as decision-making and communication skills necessary to be a successful leader.