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
Pages (from-to)208-222
Number of pages15
JournalSoccer and Society
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2019S1A5A8035582)

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Keywords

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

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