Advancing leadership in sport: Time to 'actually' take the blinkers off?

Mills, J. P. and Boardley, I. D. (2016) Advancing leadership in sport: Time to 'actually' take the blinkers off? Sports Medicine. pp. 1-6. ISSN 0112-1642

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In a recent article entitled Advancing Leadership in Sport: Time to Take off the Blinkers?’
Cruickshank and Collins presented what they deemed to be a critical analysis of extant leadership research in sport, attempting to establish a rationale for a greater emphasis on both the cognitive and ‘darker’ (i.e., socially undesirable) sides of leadership. The purpose of the present article is to challenge and clarify a number of misrepresentations in the arguments made in the foundation article, and to question some of the resultant recommendations made. Specifically, the present response will focus on Cruickshank and Collins’ (a) lack of specificity regarding the actual ‘dark’ traits they are apparently purporting to be effective leadership traits, (b) the dearth of theoretical and empirical support for their claims relating to the benefits of ‘dark’ leadership (c) misrepresentation of transformational leadership theory, (d) decision to ignore other relevant theoretical frameworks when presenting their arguments, and (e) apparent confirmation bias in the selective use of literature to support their arguments. Leadership research in sport may well benefit from new directions and methodological advancements and on this level we concur with the aims of Cruickshank and Collins’ article.
However, we believe their misrepresentations and inappropriate recommendations do little to advance this area of research, and potentially serve to take it backwards not forwards.

Publication Type: Articles
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Sport > Area > Sport Social Sciences
Depositing User: John Mills
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2016 15:53
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 12:07

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