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Sport Leadership

Sport leaders find themselves in challenging, complex situations that require knowledge, sound judgement, and diplomacy to reach a positive outcome. Rising organizational uncertainty and ambiguity drive the need to equip athletes, managers, officials, administrators, and leaders with the skills required to navigate complex situations ethically and sustainably, while achieving desired human, societal, and performance goals.
Facilitator: Jennifer Walinga
Sport Leadership
Start Date:Apr 03, 2023
End Date:Apr 30, 2023
Delivery:4 weeks, Asynch and Synch Online
Price:$695.00 + GST
Instructor:Jennifer Walinga
Course code: PALE091_Y2223P-01

Sport Leadership provides learners with the competencies and skills to enhance the practice of self, team, and organizational leadership within a sport context. The program will utilize current cases and challenges in sport as the foundation of the leadership training ground. Participants will work both with their cohort and one-on-one with their instructor to identify their individual leadership strengths and opportunities, and to create a personal leadership development action plan.

Topics Covered in the Course Include:

Module 1: Leading Self: Learners discover their leadership values, strengths, and goals through interactive and reflective exercises including several personal leadership assessment, mentoring, and leadership planning tools.

Module 2: Leading Self (part 2): Introduces and explores concepts such as emotional intelligence, culture, interpersonal communication, psychological safety, and several leadership models (transactional, transformational, servant, and instrumental). 

Module 3: Leading Others: Introduces and explores principles and models of team leadership including phases of team development, process management, collaboration, group problem solving, communication design, and leveraging diversity. 

Module 4: Leading in Community: Through interactive and reflective exercises, explores large group, community, and organizational behaviour and development concepts such as culture and communication, facilitation strategies, organizational change, social networks, and complex adaptive systems. 

Learner Objectives:

  • Demonstrates leadership competencies that are evidenced in daily practice
  • Responds and adapts under pressure 
  • Is a leader for ethics and values
  • Builds productive and professional relationships 
  • Understands and engages in mentorship best practices in terms of leadership, management, and development
  • Drives a values-aligned culture 
  • Plays a key role in supporting a clear vision and mission for the team and organization within which they operate
  • Prepares others to understand and feel comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Designs communication systems and processes to support aligned cultural practices

Learner Effort:

Each week participants will take part in 1 x 90 minute webinar involving instructor led interactive exercises and practice. Webinars are scheduled for Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 19 & 26, from noon to 1:30 pm. 

Participants will be expected to complete readings and one active and/or reflective practice homework assignment per week (e.g., apply a tool or skill in their daily life and share their reflections with the cohort). Participants are also expected to post 1-3 questions to the class discussion forum and to engage with 1-3 of their classmates' posts. The final deliverable is a custom leadership development framework (values, goals, vision, timeline, reflective process, metrics, mentorship plan. The total number of hours of learner effort required for completion is approximately 30 hrs.

CFLPA Members:

In collaboration with the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA) Academy, Royal Roads University is pleased to offer this course aimed members who are interested in developing this vital suite of skills. Throughout the program all registered CFLPA Academy registrants will have the opportunity to collaborate with select senior leaders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). A limited number of registrations will be reserved for active members of the CFLPA Academy.

Computer Requirements:

A week prior to the course start date you will receive an email from us with information on how to access the online course. At that time, you will be encouraged to visit a short orientation website to familiarize yourself with our online learning platform. You will find the computer requirements for this course through this link:

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