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Gerco Van Dalfsen - PhD defence

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The development of shared leadership in youth football

PhD defence of Gerco Van Dalfsen on 8 June 2020 at 13:00

Shared leadership development in sport is at the beginning of its theoretical (and practical) development. This thesis therefore has been positioned at the exploratory end of the spectrum and focusses on how to develop shared leadership in youth team sports. Although leadership studies are relatively new as an academic discipline, leadership as a topic has been studied for thousands of years (Bolden, Hawkins, Gosling & Taylor, 2011). Several theories were developed and various approaches to leadership can be identified with sometimes a focus on the leader or follower, the interactive process between them, and/or the influence of the context. Recent leadership theory shifted the focus from the leader to leadership, emphasising the shared social process to which many people contribute (Pearce & conger, 2003). While thousands of studies have been conducted on leadership delivered by adults, leadership by youth has gained less attention as theoretical or research subject and therefore remains an underexplored topic in the broader leadership literature. This also applies to the development of leadership in the context of sport and physical activity in general and the development of shared leadership in particular. Therefore the purpose of this thesis is to explore how shared leadership can be developed in youth team sport, and within competitive youth football in particular.

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