Rethinking the Teaching of Leadership in Sport Management

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W. James Weese The University of Western Ontario

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The best universities pride themselves on developing the next generation of leaders as do the top sport management programs. Many sport management programs offer a leadership course, some at the graduate level. However, two questions emerge when discussing the teaching of leadership, namely, what do students need to know about area, and how can the topic be most effectively taught? A recent 12-month educational leave provided a cherished opportunity for the lead author to delve into the latest advancements in leadership and leadership development. The coauthor on this paper took a leadership course in his graduate sport management program and offered the perspective of an end-user. The authors provide an overview of the leadership development literature, profile three unique leadership courses offered in other disciplines, and provide sport management professors with information they should consider in developing and delivering their courses in leadership, especially at the graduate level.

Weese is the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. Beard is a graduate of the Sport Management Program, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.

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