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Bencker, A., Larsson, G., Fors Brandebo, M., Johnson, U. & Ivarsson, A. (2023). High-level military and sport leaders' everyday challanges and psychological skills: A cross-contextual repeated measures study. Military Psychology
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2023 (English)In: Military Psychology, ISSN 0899-5605, E-ISSN 1532-7876Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Leadership and Command & Control
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11789 (URN)
Available from: 2023-09-07 Created: 2023-09-07 Last updated: 2024-04-15
Bencker, A., Fors Brandebo, M., Ivarsson, A. & Johnson, U. (2022). Common demanding conditions among professional high-level military and sport leaders: a cross-contextual qualitative reflexive thematic analysis. Scandinavian Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 4(1), 27-40
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Common demanding conditions among professional high-level military and sport leaders: a cross-contextual qualitative reflexive thematic analysis
2022 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, E-ISSN 2596-741X, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 27-40Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Military and sport have attracted increased research interest separately as two distinctly demanding performance- and leadership-driven contexts. However, cross-contextual psychological research in leadership is lacking. Such research has potential to expose unique cross-fertilising insights into resemblances in leadership challenges among military and sport leaders, transferable to a broader range of contexts. Thus, the current study simultaneously explored high-level military and sport leaders’ real-life experiences of similarities in demanding conditions and their psychological manifestations. Sixteen participants - eight Swedish high-level military leaders and eight Swedish high-level sport leaders, participated in the study. Using a qualitative inductive cross-contextual design enabled in-depth knowledge and transferability. A reflexive thematic analysis (RTA) of sixteen interview transcripts generated four common themes of demanding conditions: (1) Developing organisations: Leading under an extensive workload and responsibility, (2) Managing destructive superiors and subordinates: Standing up for oneself, (3) Taking care of the minds and moods of others: Leading deliberated difficult conversations, and (4) Periods of extreme concentration: Leading critical coordination, decisions, and timing. The findings tie high-level military and sports leaders together into a high-stress and high-stakes leader role invoked to manoeuvre a complex buildup of demanding conditions. Implications are presented.

Keywords
High-level leaders, Military, Sport, Demanding conditions
National Category
Psychology
Research subject
Leadership and Command & Control
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11207 (URN)10.7146/sjsep.v4i1.130547 (DOI)
Available from: 2022-12-12 Created: 2022-12-12 Last updated: 2022-12-12Bibliographically approved
Larsson, G., Bencker, A., Hyllengren, P. & Fors Brandebo, M. (2018). Leader development using group dynamic interventions: a systematic literature review. Scandinavian Psychologist, 5, Article ID e7.
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2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Psychologist, ISSN 1894-5570, Vol. 5, article id e7Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This literature review aimed to synthesize the existing research on group dynamic interventions that are designed to enhance individual leadership development in organisations. Such interventions are typically intended to help leaders learn about both themselves and interpersonal relationships. A systematic mixed studies literature review with an integrated design was undertaken. The selection process resulted in nine articles that met the inclusion criteria. The scarcity of studies means that no reliable conclusion could be drawn on the sizes of effects and, thus, whether group dynamic interventions are effective or not. Given this situation, four tendencies could still be identified. First, interventions involving practical skills (e.g., problem-solving techniques) appear to be effective. Second, interventions focusing on inner processes (e.g., self-awareness, self-acceptance, and sensitivity to group processes) appear to have some favourable effects. Third, little evidence was found regarding the effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving leaders’ interpersonal skills. Fourth, identified enablers and neutralizers include group characteristics, facilitator qualities, intervention goals and focus, a safe climate, and opportunities for practice. The lack of evidence regarding effectiveness does not mean that group dynamic interventions are ineffective. It means only that more research is necessary to evaluate this type of developmental intervention. 

Keywords
group dynamic intervention, leader development, short-term intervention, systematic literature review
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8318 (URN)10.15714/scandpsychol.5.e7 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-01-11 Created: 2019-01-11 Last updated: 2021-08-04Bibliographically approved
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