Emotional Intelligence: The Overlooked Component of Sport Leadership

By Robert C. Schneider.

Published by The Sport Collection

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Successful leadership in sport organizations can be elusive. Several leadership approaches and theories are considered effective. Although complexities within sport organizations make it difficult to label particular leadership traits as requisites for successful sport management, emotional intelligence is a common thread to the successful management of sport organizations. Moods and emotions (George, 2000), and the expression of emotions (Wall, 2006), play a central role in leadership. As a successful sport manager, one must demonstrate positive emotions and at the same time develop, foster, and maintain positive emotions among employees. The success of leadership theories and approaches can be dependent on a sport manager’s awareness of and ability to manage one’s own emotions and employees’ emotions. The use of emotional intelligence can be used to enhance the sport manager’s preferred approach to leadership, which will support the success of the sport organization.

Keywords: Self-awareness, Relationship Management, Impression Management, Sport Management

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.43-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 532.729KB).

Dr. Robert C. Schneider

Professor of Sport Management, Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education Department, College at Brockport, The College at Brockport, State University of New York, Brockport, New York, USA

Dr. Robert C. Schneider is a professor of sport management, and the sport management program director at The College at Brockport, State University of New York (SUNY). Robert’s research interests include but are not limited to sport entrepreneurialism, organizational sport leadership, and ethics of sport management. Dr. Schneider is the sole author of two research-oriented textbooks: Ethics of Sport: Theory, Practice, and Application (2009), and Basketball for All Levels (2008) and is the co-editor of a third sport related textbook: Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses: A Balkan’s Perspective (2013). He is the author or coauthor of over 70 peer-reviewed national or international academic journal articles, book chapters, or proceedings, and over 120 presentations worldwide, spanning across 13 countries. Dr. Schneider serves as a reviewer on 12 editorial boards of sport management related scholarly journals. In 2010 Dr. Schneider received the highest scholarship award granted from the State University of New York (SUNY) system: The Chancellor’s Award For Excellence In Scholarship/Creative Activity.