Privileging Practice in Sport Leadership: Applying Relational Reflexivity

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  • 1 University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR, USA
  • | 2 Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • | 3 University of South Florida, Tampa Bay, FL, USA
  • | 4 University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA
  • | 5 Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
  • | 6 Western University, London, ON, Canada
  • | 7 University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA
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Hibbert et al.’s relationally reflexive practice framework guided the authors to develop a new sport leadership generative partnership model emphasizing privileging practice and the sport sector as it relates to researching, teaching, and practicing sport leadership. The 2019 North American Society for Sport Management symposium on sport leadership, titled “The Changing Face of Leadership Within Sport: What Does the Future Hold?” acted as a springboard for deep, reflexive conversations among the authors. Through the development of our model, we purposely highlight the process of a relationally reflexive journey making sense of our lived experiences, engaging with learnings from the symposium, and arguing that sport leadership and followership research and teaching ultimately should be about improving the sport sector within specific cultural contexts. We offer critically conscious considerations for privileging and embedding practice as part of sport management teaching, research, and service.

Damon (zdamon@uca.edu) is corresponding author, https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2166-0270.

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