Management and Leadership in Sport Organizations – SMGT 633

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 03/29/2023

Course Description

This course will provide application for the development of skills necessary to be an effective and efficient leader regarding communication, motivation and corporate decision making. The role of human resources and leadership theory in an atmosphere of complexity and diversity will be explored.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The application of management concepts and theories regarding leadership within the sport organization context is extremely important for the success and health of the franchise, department, or company. Recognizing, relating to, and managing the corporate climate and culture are important steps to building a successful organization. Effective communication and motivation are vital components to leading a productive organization. Also, human resources are an integral part of any organization. Furthermore, labor relations involving professional sport organizations are paramount within the sporting industry.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will be required to participate and answer discussion questions throughout the course. Answers to the discussion questions must be well-thought-out, presented using good grammar, and spelling, and to the point.

Each Discussion will be divided into 2 parts: a thread in response to the instructor’s prompt and a reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Thus, in order to earn full credit for each discussion, the interaction must include 1 thread and 2 replies. Each thread must be 400–500 words and must incorporate a biblical concept and at least 1 resource (e.g., textbook or a scholarly journal). Each reply must be no less than 200 words. Discussion posts must be made in accordance with current APA format.

Leadership Journal Assignments (5)

Based upon the assigned reading, the student will answer questions in paragraph form using current APA format. All answers will be compiled in a Word document provided in Canvas. Citations from the assigned reading are required in answering the questions. The length of the paper will be a 5–7 pages (this includes a title page and the reference page).

A primary aim of this course is self-development. This assignment asks the student to document the development journey that he/she will take in the context of the course. The student will keep a leadership journal of insights/questions/lessons/plans throughout the term based on the readings, assignments, and his/her experiences.

Leadership PowerPoint Presentation Assignment

Section A: Compare and contrast the styles and approaches of two successful sports leaders. Students are to evaluate the traits, personality, history, experience, and values of each leader. Specifically discuss the leadership skills and leadership style of each sport leader. Examine their approaches to leadership and apply one of the five contingency theories of leadership to each sport leader. Minimum of 10, no more than 15 slides.

Section B: Student will then explain in detail their leadership style and approach, as well as lessons learnt from the textbook readings and how the two sport leaders have influenced their leadership style.  Additionally, explain how you plan to implement your leadership style and approach in your current or future job position or organization. Minimum of 15 slides for this section.

Cite at least four direct quotes (include two quotes from the Leadership text, include citation with page number). Direct quotes should be short (no more than one sentence). Include a reference slide with a minimum of 5 distinct references following APA formatting guidelines.

The PowerPoint Presentation must be no less than 25-30 PowerPoint slides. 

Quizzes (8)

The student will complete 8 open-book, open-notes quizzes encompassing material from the required text. The student will be given 2 hours to complete up to 10 multiple-choice, true/false, and essay questions. For the short answer questions, the student must provide in-depth answers, in-text citations with page numbers, and full references typed below each of the essay answers.