Palgrave Studies in Workplace Spirituality and Fulfillment – Servant Leadership in Sport
This book applies the principles of well-being theory and positive psychology to sport to establish a basis of servant leadership in sport organizations. Though the win-at-all-cost mentality is pervasive in sport, leading to acceptance of leadership styles more associated with controlling and extrinsic motivators, the author proposes need satisfaction based on three psychological needs: autonomy, competence, and belongingness, which leads to enhanced job performance, job satisfaction, and well-being. Through need satisfaction, servant leaders positively influence organizational outcomes by enabling followers’ growth and well-being. This book will make a new contribution to sport management research in applying the principles of positive psychology to servant leadership and to sport.