School of Health Sciences; School of Business
informal roles, sport, nonverbal leaders, peer leaders
Sports Management | Sports Studies
Finnigan, Alicia, "Leading by Example: Coaches’ Perspectives of the Nonverbal Leaders on Sport Teams" (2019). Senior Honors Theses. 830.
Within the last century, scholars in sociology and psychology have begun to research roles in society. In recent decades, industrial/organizational psychology research sparked an interest in informal roles, and now sport psychology is beginning to adopt that investigation of informal roles as they appear on sport teams. Current research is sparse, but some early work has determined several informal roles, and one of these has been individually investigated. The purpose of this study was to contribute to the expansion of knowledge concerning individual informal roles by investigating collegiate coaches’ perspectives of a second role: the nonverbal leader. Analysis revealed ideas that coaches shared about the characteristics, emergence, consequences, and management of nonverbal leaders on sport teams.