Leadership within sports can determine just about anything that has with the organization or sports team that you are working for. It can determine success or failure, profit or loss. It can pretty much determine anything that is or will be going on within the organization. To first understand how these things happen you have to understand what a leader is. Kind of a basic description that I go by is that it is a person that is willing to enable other to act and gain followers so that they may achieve a goal.
Before anything even begins leadership often starts with your personality. You already know if you are the kind of person that is going to lead or is going to follow. More often then not you are going to see these people step up and take control over the situation no matter what. Within a sports organization often the people that are high up are the leaders and the reason that they got up that high was because of there leadership skills. Take Mark Cuban for example; form the beginning of his career, when he was a no body, he has always had the ability to lead people and now he is making billions and making all kinds of important decisions.
The next real important steep that can really make or break a sports org. is the ability for that leader, ether the head or a department leader, to enable other people to act toward the main goal. IF you can't make people trust you and work with you to better the organization you are never going to become a leader. A majority of the people in this world are followers. They wait for someone to tell them what to do so they can do it, well if you can't get these people to buy your tickets, or buy you t-shirts, or even market your service correctly it is going to be a lost cause and you aren't going to make any money.
The last kind of characteristic is the Goal. When I talk about goals I don't mean just one like a short term or a long term, I mean them all. Essentially every thing is centered on the one main long term goal, but each one of the short term and minuet goals gets you even closer to the larger one. The thing that you have to realize about goals is that you always have to set them with the expectations of the organization on your mind. It's kind of hard to get followers if you, a brand new team in the NFL, say that the team is going to win the super bowl in there first years.