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Expert Premier League soccer managers’ use of transformational leadership behaviours and attitude towards sport integrity: An intrinsic case study

Mills, JP and Boardley, ID (2016) 'Expert Premier League soccer managers’ use of transformational leadership behaviours and attitude towards sport integrity: An intrinsic case study.' International journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 11 (3). 382 - 394. ISSN 1747-9541

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Abstract

The present study is the first to examine transformational leadership behaviours and integrity attitudes of expert, Premier League and International level football managers. To provide a rich, detailed exploration of the expert managers’ experiences, a qualitative approach was adopted utilising holistic content analysis. Constructed narratives revealed that the key behaviours demonstrated were inspirational messages or team talks (i.e. inspirational motivation), empathy (i.e. individualised consideration), introducing new training methods (i.e. intellectual stimulation), using exemplar players (i.e. appropriate role modelling), and goal setting (i.e. high performance expectations). However, the use and effect of such behaviours varied greatly between managers. Each of the managers also claimed to have been willing to “bend the rules” as a player and frequently used euphemistic labels to describe such behaviour. However, upon entering management, all three managers claimed to have adjusted such attitudes without providing an explanation for this.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Association football, emotional intelligence, English Premier League, goal-setting, motivation, pre-game speeches
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sport
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 10:20
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2017 10:20
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20776

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