Leadership Education: Assessment of Learning in a Sport Leadership Course

It is important students learn about leadership. The purpose of this study was to assess whether a leadership
course for sport management graduate students led to gains in knowledge of leadership and understanding of
themselves as leaders. Using quantitative (pre- and post-surveys) and qualitative (email interviews) data, this
study found a one-semester course in sport leadership led to gains in theoretical and applied knowledge of
leadership. Additionally, students grew personally as leaders and felt more comfortable practicing leadership
in their current jobs and more prepared for future professional lives. Teachers should consider using a mix
of active learning, case studies, and writing assignments to help students learn leadership concepts, practice
making leadership decisions, and reflect on their leadership capabilities when educating effective leaders.