The development of shared leadership as fundamental concept in youth team sport.

Gerco van Dalfsen (First author), Veerle De Bosscher, Hans Westerbeek, Jo Van Hoecke

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Leadership development concerns a complex subject because it pertains an extensive number of combinations of features of people, purposes and contexts. Much research has been conducted on the development of adult leaders, but little is known about youth sharing the leadership in the context of playing sport, while the ability to choose the right leader is crucial for being successful. Youth leadership development should not only focus on building the capacity of an individual but emphasise the collective, a shared leadership approach, taken the relational network of influence into account. A 4 P’s framework is used to analyse the shared leadership capacity in elite youth team sport. Shared leadership development requires a combined leadership approach whereas youth teams in sport can choose between an individual, distributed or shared leadership approach at which individuals and the team can claim and grant leader - and follower identities to achieve common purposes.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)388-415
TijdschriftInternational journal of sport management
Nummer van het tijdschrift4
StatusPublished - 2019


  • jeugd
  • leiderschap
  • teamsport


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