Leadership challenges experienced by elite South African rugby coaches

SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

Field Value
Title Leadership challenges experienced by elite South African rugby coaches
Creator du Plooy, Kobus Kruger, Pieter Visagie, Jan
Subject leadership; human resource management; organisational behaviour; career development leadership; challenges; rugby; coaches; elite sport; elite rugby coaches; South African rugby; general systems theory; phenomenology.
Description Orientation: As the leaders of teams that compete at the highest level, elite South African rugby coaches face constant pressures to consistently lead their teams to successful on-field performances. An understanding of the leadership challenges they face may highlight actions that could equip them to achieve this more effectively.Research purpose: To investigate the leadership challenges experienced by the head coaches of elite South African rugby teams that compete on an international level.Motivation for the study: The leadership challenges faced by elite South African coaches could become clearly known only through investigation, and subsequently they could be properly addressed.Research approach/design and method: A qualitative approach with a phenomenological design was utilised, which collected data by means of in-depth interviews with the head coaches of elite South African rugby teams. Eleven teams were considered to be elite South African rugby teams for this study given that they competed on an international level. Ultimately, six participants were included, representing 54.5% of the total population. The general systems theory was also used as a theoretical basis to present findings.Main findings: The data revealed three main themes, namely environmental, relationships and personal leadership challenges. The data revealed that these coaches experience significant leadership challenges, some of which are unique to the South African context.Practical/managerial implications: It is believed that the implementation of suggested recommendations will assist in ensuring both the economic survival and overall leadership improvement of coaches and the teams they lead.Contribution/value add: Theoretically the study added to the limited literature on leadership in elite South African sport and practically it provided recommendations to address the findings as well as for further research.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor North-West University NWU Business School
Date 2020-12-18
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — In-depth interviews
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajip.v46i0.1811
Source SA Journal of Industrial Psychology; Vol 46 (2020); 11 pages 2071-0763 0258-5200
Language eng
Relation https://sajip.co.za/index.php/sajip/article/view/1811/3000 https://sajip.co.za/index.php/sajip/article/view/1811/2999 https://sajip.co.za/index.php/sajip/article/view/1811/3001 https://sajip.co.za/index.php/sajip/article/view/1811/2998
Coverage South Africa Professional rugby era 40-60; White, Males
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Kobus du Plooy, Pieter Kruger, Jan Visagie https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0