‘The only person you can delegate tasks to is yourself’. Leadership challenges and turnover in national federations of sport
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Original versionScandinavian Sport Studies Forum. 2023, 14, 1-27.
Between 2015 and 2019, 52 per cent of the Secretary Generals (SGs) of Norwegian sport federations left their positions. As this rate is significantly higher than in the Norwegian labour market in general and poses a further difficulty for a Norwegian sport system already facing many challenges, this article examines why this is the case. The topic is relevant because the working conditions of Norwegian sport leaders are under-explored given their important role in the way sporting federations shape society. As key representatives for the national federations under The Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF) umbrella, SGs and Presidents have responsibility for NIF’s 1.9 million members and are instrumental in managing a total worth of approximately 34 billion euros. Because SGs can be said to be more integrated than Presidents into the daily management of federations and into the human relationship responsibilities that comprise it, this article draws upon qualitative interviews with 16 Secretary Generals to present six reasons why working conditions challenges emerge. The article thus provides a contribution to sport leadership research and shows how the lack of continuity among SGs in national sport federations demonstrates the need for organisational change.
© 2023 The Author(s). Først publisert i "Scandinavian sport studies forum", https://sportstudies.org/2023/03/01/the-only-person-you-can-delegate-tasks-to-is-yourself-leadership-challenges-and-turnover-in-national-federations-of-sport/ / First published in "Scandinavian sport studies forum", https://sportstudies.org/2023/03/01/the-only-person-you-can-delegate-tasks-to-is-yourself-leadership-challenges-and-turnover-in-national-federations-of-sport/