Differences in Leadership Outcomes between Club Sport Collegiate Athletes
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The purpose of this study was to assess differences in the self-reported leadership outcomes of club sports collegiate athletes due to duration of participation. The specific leadership outcomes that were evaluated were self-management, interpersonal, problem solving/decision making, cognitive development/critical analysis, organization and planning, self-confidence, multicultural competency, technical, and professional skills as defined by the Student Leadership Outcomes Inventory (Crowder, 1998). Ninety-two collegiate athletes were randomly sampled from multiple NCAA Division I club sport programs. The design of the present study is a post-test only non-equivalent quasi-experimental design and data was analyzed by a One-Way ANOVA on the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). The results indicated a significant difference between the 0-6 months group and the 13-24 months group in the self-management category. The findings of this study suggest that if students continue to participate in club sports for a duration of longer than 6 months, they may improve upon self-management skills.