Team Players: An examination of what makes good sports leaders good




Bechtol, Pete Rogers

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Sports leadership is a topic about which many books and articles have been written. Many of those works examine traits or even habits of good sports leaders. This thesis examines sports leadership through three case-based studies: Tom Brady, Steph Curry, Christian Laettner. Each study examines the nature of the individual in question, their time with various sports teams, and the finding of qualities that either exhibited good leadership or not.

While this thesis will create neither an exhaustive list of what good leadership looks like nor what good leaders should do, it will draw conclusions about how a good sports leader fits into a team dynamic, and what these three successful athletes have both done and not done that has helped them find success.


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