Leadership refers to the behavioral process of influencing individuals and teams toward the attainment of specific goals. In sports, leadership roles can be prescribed as part of a formal role (e.g., manager, coach, team captain), or it can emerge as part of an informal role (e.g., peer leader, mentor). In the field of sport psychology, considerable attention has centered on the leadership behaviors used by coaches. In particular, research has sought to understand how these behaviors can result in or impair coaching effectiveness.

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