A qualitative study of performance leadership and management in elite sport

David Fletcher, Rachel Arnold

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This paper is an investigation of performance leadership and management in elite sport. Thirteen national performance directors of Olympic sports were interviewed with regard to best practice. Four main areas were identified: vision, operations, people, and culture. The main vision issues were vision development, influences on the vision, and sharing the vision. The main operations issues were financial management, strategic competition and training planning, athlete selection for competition, and upholding rules and regulations. The main people issues were staff management, lines of communication, and feedback mechanisms. The
main culture issues were establishing role awareness, and organizational and team atmosphere.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-242
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Issue number2
Early online date28 Apr 2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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