Certificate in Management & Leadership

£60.00

This certificate examines the definition and elements of leadership. It also looks at the various leadership theories and how they can be applied to sports management. It also look at leadership types as well as at leadership qualities. It moves on to examine the Principles of Leadership as well as looking at basic practical topics as game analysis and game plans.

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Management and Leadership

This course examines the definition and elements of leadership. It also looks at the various leadership theories and how they can be applied to sports management. It also look at leadership types as well as at leadership qualities. It moves on to examine the Principles of Leadership as well as looking at basic practical topics as game analysis and game plans.

Course introduction – 4 PDF documents
Resource notes
A total of 28 lectures in PDF format, available to download and print
7 workshop videos
3 multiple-choice activities
1 mini exercise
You will achieve 4 REPs Continued Professional Development (CPD) points upon completion of this module.

INTRODUCTION
In this course we look at a very important aspect of the team management in sport which we refer to as leadership. The team manager is seen as the pre-ordained and appointed leader of the team. One of the easiest ways to remember the distinction between leading and managing is to take a look at the old saying, “We lead people and manage things.” The problem is though — it’s not quite that simple.

Leading is viewed as an activity where people are inspired to follow someone because they believe in their message, sincerity and ability to take them to a better place and to a higher level in the case of the sports team. Managing on the other hand is the ability to engage others in the stuff that must get done every single day or at every single training session.

In terms of the team manager, there is a need for both. Thus we will take a look at a general overview of the concept of leadership in this module. It will start by looking at the role of leadership n the area of sport and then undertake to define leadership and to examine the elements of good leadership and how they can be effective to the team manager.

The early research into leadership effectiveness which was conducted by researchers had little or nothing to do with leadership in sport. It was mainly confined to the area of business, military affairs or education) and it tended to apply one of these approaches to leadership in sport.

Two major topics in the module are the study of various theories of leadership and qualities which we come to know as leadership types. Both of these items should have practical applications to the working sports team manager. According to Bass, the theory of leadership states that there are three basic ways to explain how people become leaders (Stogdill, 1989; Bass, 1990). The in the second of these topics we follow up on the work by Bass and examine the concept of leadership types.

Further into the module, we look at leadership qualities. While we accept that leadership is the process of influencing team members to work hard towards, and be committed to, team goals, we must also accept that great leaders in sports are both task- and people-oriented, but lean more towards being task-oriented. In a very interest article by Sugarman, which we discuss in the module, it is noted that great leaders come in many forms. In one sense solid leadership is a subjective thing, in another there are certain characteristics that are, by consensus, typical of quality leadership.

Turning to military definition of leadership, according to the US Army there are eleven principles of leadership which will be of use to every team manager and we discuss these in the module.

Control is seen as one of the key functions of a manager just like leadership. Control in the context of management means setting standards, measuring actual performance and taking corrective action. Thus, control comprises these three main activities which we have just mentioned. Towards the end of the module we look at the control system that a team manager can put in place to ensure a great overall effect of his or her team management strategy. In may be important to note that according to modern concepts, control is a foreseeing action of a manager whereas earlier concept of control was used only when errors were detected.

Two other main topics covered in this module are the use of video and notational analysis as part of the manager’s control function and looking at the importance of a delivering and overseeing the implementation of a solid game plan.