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Social Identity Leadership in Sport and Exercise: Current Status and Future Directions.

Stevens, M., Rees, T. and Cruwys, T., 2021. Social Identity Leadership in Sport and Exercise: Current Status and Future Directions. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 55 (July), 101931.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2021.101931


The social identity approach is fast becoming a prominent framework for understanding effective leadership in sport and exercise contexts. The last five years, in particular, has seen a proliferation of research informed by the identity leadership approach, with a focus on two broad outcomes: performance and health. Using these two key outcomes as an organising framework, we provide a critical narrative review of research that has examined the presence, role, and benefits of identity leadership in sport and exercise contexts, and identify fruitful avenues for future research. Applying a broader lens, we then make five key recommendations for future identity leadership research in sport and exercise contexts. Specifically, we highlight the need for research (a) using more rigorous and varied research designs, (b) using stronger measures, (c) comparing the effects of identity leadership to the effects of other types of leadership, (d) assessing further potential mediators of relationships between identity leadership and key outcomes, and (e) exploring the possible dark side of identity leadership

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Identity Leadership; Social Identification; Narrative Review; Physical Activity; Performance; Health
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:35244
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:05 Mar 2021 13:37
Last Modified:11 Sep 2022 01:08


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