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Putting Athletes' Interests First for More Powerful Coaching

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Leadership styles in coaching are as diverse as the coaches themselves, yet a review of the research and coaching literature shows that the most effective coaches adopt an athlete-centered leadership style. The purpose of this webinar is to discuss how successful coaches apply athlete-centered leadership styles such as transformational, servant, and altruistic leadership approaches.


Webinar outline

  • Characteristics and examples of athlete-centered leadership (defining features of athlete-centered leadership and examples of successful coaches who embody this style)
  • Understanding why athlete-centered leadership leads to optimal performance (exploring the science and evidence behind the athlete-centered leadership style)
  • Transformational leadership as a form of athlete-centered leadership (inspiring athletes to embrace and pursue collective team needs and goals)
  • Servant leadership as a form of athlete-centered leadership (modeling ethical and caring behavior, shared-decision making, humility, altruism, and integrity 

Dr. Gilbert’s areas of expertise include coaching science, talent development, sport and exercise psychology, physical education, and youth sport. He holds degrees in Physical Education, Human Kinetics, and Education from the University of Ottawa in Canada.

Gilbert has more than 20 years of experience in conducting applied research with partners around the world spanning all competitive levels, from youth leagues to World Cup.


He is widely published and is frequently invited to serve as a featured speaker at national and international events. Dr. Gilbert has advised organizations ranging from school districts, collegiate teams, Olympic organizations, and the United Nations on coaching education and sport-related issues.


Dr. Gilbert is editor-in-chief of the International Sport Coaching Journal, a new journal published by Human Kinetics. In addition, Dr. Gilbert serves as an advisor and representative of Human Kinetics, specifically in the area of coach education.