Qualitative study of a Korean elite university soccer team from a vertical leadership and shared leadership perspective

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Abstract

This study analyzes the leadership behaviours that have helped shape a successful university soccer team in Korea. More specifically, the research focuses on both vertical and shared leadership in a team. To gain an in-depth understanding of how the ‘Y team’ could have had so much continuous success over an eight-year period, this study uses a total of 16 semi-structured interviews with athletes and coaches. The study showed some first insights that the team can generate excellence even without top-ranked players when operating under a combined vertical and shared leadership approach. Useful implications for current and future soccer coaches exploring how to develop and implement various leadership behaviours were addressed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSoccer and Society
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • case study
  • Korea
  • qualitative study
  • shared leadership
  • Vertical leadership

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