Exploring servant leadership and needs satisfaction in the sport for development and peace context

Jon Welty Peachey, Laura Burton, Janelle Wells, Mi Ryoung Chung

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore how servant leadership influences followers' work-related needs satisfaction within the sport for development and peace field. We examined whether leaders used and followers perceived aspects of servant leadership, and if so, did servant leadership work to satisfy the basic psychological needs of followers (i.e., autonomy, competence, relatedness). Based on an online survey (n = 76) with followers (employees) and qualitative interviews (n = 14) with both leaders (executive directors and founders) and followers (employees), our results revealed that followers perceived and leaders used aspects of servant leadership in sport for development and peace organizations. Leaders used servant leadership behaviors to set the vision for the organization. In addition, followers' needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness were met through servant leadership. This study supports use of servant leadership behaviors to satisfy the needs of followers in sport for development and peace organizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-108
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Sport Management
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

Keywords

  • Effectiveness
  • Empowerment
  • Self-determination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Decision Sciences(all)
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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