The Sports Leadership Playbook

Principles and Techniques for Coaches and Captains


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About the Book

Examples of ineffective and even negative leaders are all too abundant in sports. Poor leadership attitudes are a great loss for players, coaches, teams, schools, communities and society as a whole. To become productive leaders, coaches, administrators and parents need guidance and resources. This book reveals what the most revered scholars and icons from business and other leadership fields know about leadership theory, research and practice—and applies the results to the world of sport. This is a book parents, coaches and administrators can use to maximize their own leadership potential as well as teach leadership to those under their charge.

About the Author(s)

Mike Voight is an associate professor at Central Connecticut State University. He lives in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Bibliographic Details

Mike Voight

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 332
Bibliographic Info: appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9411-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1544-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface 1
Introduction 3

Part I. Situational Leadership (SLQ): These Kids Today
1. Today’s Millennial Athletes 11
2. The Ills of Incompatibility: General to Generational Misunderstandings 30
3. Techniques for Reaching, Teaching, Relating, Motivating and Leading the Millennials 47

Part II. The Artful Science of Leadership: Theory, Research and Application
4. Leadership Intelligence (LQ) 67
5. Emotional and Relational Intelligence (LERQ) 89
6. Substance and Styles (LSQ) 101

Part III. Tools of the Trade: Talents, Techniques and Tactics (TQ3)
7. Six Top Talents 121
8. Six Top Techniques 134
9. Six Top Tactics 149

Part IV. Building Teams Who Lead and Follow
10. Organizational Dynamics and Team Building in Sport (ODQ) 171
11. The Art of Followership on Sport Teams (FQ) 193
12. Developing a Culture of Leadership: The Six “T” Process (LDP) 223

1. Leadership Style Inventory 261
2. Leadership Skill Set Assessment 264
3. Reflective Questions 268
4. Team Leader Survey 269
5. Team Leader Survey Summary Sheet 271
6. Leadership Playbook Process: 15 Stages 273
7. Leadership Development Process: Winter/Spring 276
8. Leadership Development Process: Summer/Fall 278
Chapter Notes 281
Bibliography 303
Index 315

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Voight’s book artfully builds and articulates the case for a culture of leadership…prescriptive with broad appeal…an enthusiastic prose…has much to offer”—Journal of Sport History
  • “All-encompassing…colorful tales of success and failure highlight the pages. The result is sound advice, separating leadership from management and applying lessons from leaders in business and other areas to sport”—ARBA