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Women’s Leadership in the Sports Industry


Women’s Leadership in the Sports Industry

Task, Caroline (2022) Women’s Leadership in the Sports Industry. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Sports have proven to have multiple benefits for the development of both girls and boys. Accessibility and the resources available to young girls and women to participate in sports is often inadequate in comparison to that available for their male counterparts. Female leadership within the workforce is increasing yet the male dominated sports industry seems to be stagnant in following this societal trend. The purpose of this exploratory study was to highlight and examine the barriers faced by men compared to women in achieving leadership positions in sports management and coaching. Using an interview method, the experiences of eleven participants within the sports industry were explored. Participants were comprised of U SPORTS and RSEQ (Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec) leaders and included six head coaches, two young assistant coaches and three athletic directors (totaling five men and six women). It is evident that women in the industry experience more barriers to achieving leadership positions. Six themes emerged, with additional sub-themes exposed. The six main themes uncovered were mentorship, role models, experience in sports, staying true to oneself, barriers and solutions. The results highlight the need and importance to invest time and money in women’s sports and the need to educate various stakeholders on the value and benefits that come with sports participation. In addition, it is crucial that those holding top rank positions (majority men) provide opportunities for women and allow these appointees to truly be their authentic selves while functioning in leadership positions.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business > Management
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Task, Caroline
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M. Sc.
Date:11 April 2022
Thesis Supervisor(s):Boies, Kathleen
ID Code:990553
Deposited By: Caroline Task
Deposited On:27 Oct 2022 14:40
Last Modified:27 Oct 2022 14:40
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