Dimensions of Leader Behavior in Sports: Development of a Leadership Scale

Review by: William A. Harper
By P. Chelladurai and S. D. Saleh

The Big Idea

Leadership is a popular topic.  In fact, if one Googles “leadership” you come in with 751,000,000 results.  Not impressed?  Well, think of it this way: “leadership” is only 180,000,000 behind the Google results for “sex.”   So at least by this metric the general topic of this paper is remarkably popular indeed.   Of course, when you gradually narrow down the specific concerns this research study addresses, it does take a bit of a drop—“leadership in sports” comes in a little under 200,000,000.

But still, there aren’t many other sport-related topics more popular than leadership.  One big area of interest is just exactly what the nature of leadership is in the first place.  If you have some time, Goodreads has collected 3,784 quotes for the interested reader.  For the purposes of this study, the closest such quote might be Peter F. Drucker who distinguishes between management and leadership: “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”