Organisational culture and influence on developing athletes

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In this chapter we will argue: (a) that a preoccupation with individual talented athletes should be supplemented with an understanding of the environment in which they develop; (b) that a strong and coherent organisational culture of a youth club or team is a, if not the, key factor in successful athlete development; (3) that such an organisational culture can, and must, be deliberately developed and maintained by the coach and management through cultural leadership; and (4) that a key task of the sport psychology practitioner is to make the coach conscious of his role as a culture leader and thus build mentally strong athletes through supporting the coach’s cultural leadership. This chapter consists of two major sections. The first section is a general review on the holistic ecological approach, organisational culture, and influences on developing athletes. The second section details a specific case example regarding the influence of cultural leadership in youth sport based on the authors’ applied work.
TitelSport psychology for young athletes
RedaktørerCamilla Knight, Chris Harwood, Daniel Gould
Udgivelses stedNew York
ISBN (Trykt)9781138682399, 9781138682382
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781315545202
StatusUdgivet - 2018