This book provides students and scholars with a fail-safe guide to the key concepts in the field of Sport & Exercise Science. Intelligently cross-referenced entries provide a sound map of the multi-disciplinary demands of sport related courses including physical and biological sciences, social science and education. The entries use clear definitions, examples, and suggestions for further reading to explore each discipline.

Leaders and Leadership

Leaders and leadership

Leadership involves influencing a group of people towards a goal. How that is done, what processes are involved, what the goal is, and who the people are can all vary greatly. This has made it difficult to study leadership in a reliable and valid way. Defining leadership through ‘influence’ implies that the leader is central in the group. However, recent approaches to studying leadership have also focused on the people who follow. This suggests that another way of understanding leadership is to say that a leader is someone who others follow.

There are many approaches to studying leaders and leadership. Some approaches identify characteristics that distinguish successful from unsuccessful leaders. Others look at the match between the leader and the environment. ...

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