Catalogue 2020 - 2021

SPMN 631 Sport Leadership and Maximizing Team Performance


3 cr.


Graduate Standing.


Residency Required.

Course Description

This course provides an opportunity to examine leadership issues from multiple perspectives: sport, historical, sociological, psychological, and business management. Readings from these domains supply material to assess a range of leadership qualities and abilities. Students take the Klein Group Instrument for Effective Leadership and Participation in Teams (KGI)™ and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) ® to help them determine their own leadership styles and to guide them in refining their skills during the semester. Participants are assigned to a specific small group to perform an array of activities that serve as a context for personal skill building. They learn to analyze a variety of leadership functions and develop a reflective practice that enables them to continue to perfect their leadership skills in the future. Students also learn how to utilize the two assessments to train others in leadership and group skills. They learn a system of coaching and training techniques that will nurture leadership development in sport contexts. Students will be assessed based on several papers related to KGI/MBTI skill building, tests on key concepts, short reaction papers, and participation in small-group presentations.