In the sport industry there are leaders in the game and behind the scenes. It is very important to have a strong leader in making the decisions and providing a focus to the organization. If there is not a person in a leadership role then the organization can become unbalanced and there could develop at lack of drive towards the organizations goals. Leaders in the sports industry have to be able to handle the many factors that the organization will face. Some of these factors are actors, culture, processes, structure, and environment. For example, the Minnesota Timberwolves organization, like many sports organizations, is a very vertical organization. There are many people within the organization that are specialized in one area. There is a main leader at the top and then it trickles down the ladder adding only a few more people each step of the way until you get towards the bottom where it stretches out.
In this type of structure there are many actors within the organization that can influence decisions, but the leadership role and the decision maker is still up to one man. The reason why the actors within the organization have some say is because they are specialized giving them some expert authority. In the case of the culture in the organization, the leader needs to be able to work within that culture. If there are some opposing ideas of what the culture is from the leader then the organization will have issues running effectively. This ties right into the process of the organization, because the leaders in the organization are responsible for the organization running smoothly. The structure of the organization is also part of the leadership's responsibility to figure out because they need to understand which type of structure would work best in the particular case. In the case of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the vertical structure gave the organization the best chance to get the specialized talent they need whether it is in the Basketball Operations side of the Organization Management side of the organization. Finally the environment to which the organization in submersed in. The leaders in the organization need to understand the environment to which they will work with in order to grow the organization. For the Timberwolves case, the environment is in an economic low with a team which is not looked at as a fan favorite because they are behind the Vikings, Twins, and Wild (for some people, not me). This will shape how the leader will show the team and run the team. The Timberwolves are focused more on rebuilding and seeing what the young talent they have can do, so that is the whole organizations mission. They are trying new things to get the most positive attention. Where on the other hand the Vikings are looking to go to the Super Bowl and they are focused on winning and continually keeping the high fan interest. In their campaigns, they are all about the great plays that are happening now where as the Timberwolves are all about the future. In any case the leader of the organization needs to be able to understand each aspect of the organization. They also need to be able to go with the flow and be flexible with the changing market of the sports industry.