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Strategies to Increase Athletes' Transformational Leadership Behaviors During Strength and Conditioning Sessions

Smith, Valerie, MS, CSCS; Moore, E. Whitney G., PhD, CSCS*D

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 2 - p 31–37
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000422
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ABSTRACT OFTEN, LEADERSHIP IS PRESUMED TO NATURALLY RESULT FROM ATHLETIC EXPERIENCES. HOWEVER, LEADERSHIP BEHAVIORS REQUIRE PRACTICE. STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES (SCCS) CAN PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL ATHLETES TO PRACTICE TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP BEHAVIORS, WHICH CAN INCREASE TEAM COHESION AND PERFORMANCE. THIS ARTICLE REVIEWS ATHLETE LEADERSHIP, INCLUDING LEADERSHIP ROLES AND 4 TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP BEHAVIORS (IDEALIZED INFLUENCE, INSPIRATIONAL MOTIVATION, INDIVIDUALIZED CONSIDERATION, AND INTELLECTUAL STIMULATION). THEN, DAILY STRATEGIES SCCS CAN INCORPORATE INTO TRAINING TO FOSTER ATHLETES' TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP ARE PRESENTED FOLLOWED BY STRATEGIES FOR LARGER, ROTATING LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCES. THESE STRATEGIES CAN WORK WITH ATHLETES ACROSS AGE, SEX, AND COMPETITIVE LEVEL.

Division of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Address correspondence to Dr. E. Whitney G. Moore, WhitneyMoore@wayne.edu.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Valerie Smithis a PhD student at Wayne State University in the Division of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies.

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E. Whitney G. Mooreis anAssistant Professor at Wayne State University in the Division of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies.

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