Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate coaches' views on developing leadership and shared leadership capacity in particular in competitive youth football. Design/methodology/approach: This qualitative examination focusses on the leadership philosophy of ten male coaches at the sub-elite competitive level in youth football in The Netherlands and applies the theory of shared leadership to examine coaches' views on developing leadership capacity. Findings: Only few coaches have a clear philosophy on the development of leadership in general and/or shared leadership in particular. Most coaches do not have a distinct view on how to involve players in the team processes. Shared leadership development in youth teams occurs occasionally but can be implemented more intentionally. Research limitations/implications: Although this study lacks generalizability, coaches' views are required in understanding how shared leadership is to be developed in youth sport. Practical implications: For implementing shared leadership in football purposefully, a clear view on the development of youth is required, whereas coaches need to be taught, how to involve the individual players in team processes such as decision-making. In addition, leadership development in sport may have the potential of transfer of skills to other domains. Social implications: Learning shared leadership at a young age by athletes can have a positive influence on relationships in teams on micro-level and might have an impact on meso-level within a football club because of its social constructionist approach. Originality/value: This study is one of the first to apply shared leadership at the micro-level of competitive youth football making use of football coaches' view.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)265-286
Aantal pagina's22
TijdschriftSport, Business, Management: an international Journal
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
Vroegere onlinedatum25 dec 2020
StatusPublished - 25 dec 2020

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