Natural leadership in sport

Gerco van Dalfsen, Jo van Hoecke, Hans Westerbeek

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This research is part of a comprehensive PhD research project that focuses on the existence and development of leadership in sport management practices. The underpinning factors that are associated with successfully leading top teams in sport are often used as an example in regard to being successful in non sport business (Westerbeek & Smith, 2005). This paper aims to identify what are specific qualities of leadership as exhibited by sport team captains making use of leadership profiles derived from the evolutionary theory by Van Vugt and Ahuja (2011). The following research question was designed for this research: What kind of leadership characteristics do sport team captains show in the age group of fifteen years and older?
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event20th European Association for Sport Management (EASM) Conference 2012: 'Sport between business and civil society' - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 18 Sept 201221 Sept 2012
Conference number: 20th


Conference20th European Association for Sport Management (EASM) Conference 2012
Abbreviated titleEASM 2012


  • sports sociology
  • leadership


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