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Common demanding conditions among professional high-level military and sport leaders: a cross-contextual qualitative reflexive thematic analysis
Swedish Defence University, Institutionen för ledarskap och ledning, Leadership and Command & Control Division Karlstad. Halmstad University, (SWE).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3458-0563
Swedish Defence University, Institutionen för ledarskap och ledning, Leadership and Command & Control Division Karlstad.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0790-354x
Halmstad University, (SWE).
Halmstad University, (SWE).
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.

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2022. Vol. 4, no 1, p. 27-40
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High-level leaders, Military, Sport, Demanding conditions
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Psychology
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Leadership and Command & Control
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11207DOI: 10.7146/sjsep.v4i1.130547OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-11207DiVA, id: diva2:1718352
Available from: 2022-12-12 Created: 2022-12-12 Last updated: 2022-12-12Bibliographically approved

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