Purpose The purpose of this study was to explore how athletic trainers describe their leadership and how the profession can develop future leaders. Methods: Eight participants (four females, four males) completed a phone interview. Interview data were transcribed, coded, and analyzed utilizing a grounded theory approach. The trustworthiness of the data was established by using member checks and triangulation. Results: Characteristics of Leadership theme was defined as 1) Interpersonal Skills, 2) Vision, 3) Pride in Others’ Success, 4) Ethical Decision Making, and 5) Self-Reflective. The Leadership Development theme was characterized by 1) Role Models Professional and Personal, 2) Involvement and Networking, and 3) Workshops. Conclusions: Leaders in athletic training self-report that they possess strong personal attributes, take pride in the success of others, and demonstrate sound decision-making, which is described as honorable. Future leaders should emulate these attributes as they mature in the profession. Engaging in professional development and role modeling of past mentors helps leaders develop their skills.
The authors would like to acknowledge the time given by each of our subjects to share their experiences and insights.
Carr WD, Hetzler T, Singe SM, Pitney W. Leadership Development in Athletic Training: A Qualitative Study. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2023 Jun 29;21(3), Article 8.