#SINextGen Leaders attend Loughborough University London

06 Jul 2017

By: Sport Industry Group

The Sport Industry NextGen Leaders continued their Leadership Package journey this week by attending an Executive Leadership Workshop at Loughborough University London’s Institute for Sport Business on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Sport Industry NextGen in partnership with Barclays identifies tomorrow’s leaders, rewards their potential and nurtures their talent through a dedicated Leadership Package to better equip them for future leadership roles.

The Executive Leadership Workshop was developed to explore leadership theory throughout history, introduce contemporary leadership perspectives, and consider the applicability of these approaches to the modern sports leader. As part of this process the group reflected on personal learning, explored what leadership looks like in practice, and considered the potential impact on future leadership roles and initiatives.

Opened by director of the Institute for Sport Business, Professor James Skinner, and Dr Steve Swanson, the faculty's director of sport leadership, the afternoon also included breakout groups and a reflective session with Guy Richardson, founder and CEO of Eiger Performance.

Swanson, also a Sport Industry NextGen Coach, explained the process behind the day: “It’s about exposing them to new ideas of leadership thought, from both academic literature as well as how that works in practice, and trying to provide them with the tools required as they develop their own leadership capacities and philosophies moving forward.

“Leadership is complex, it means different things to different people, and there’s so many different styles and situations. There’s no one-size fits all answer. So it’s about reflecting on who you are and what your strengths are, and discovering the right response to any given situation requires a great deal of adaptability.”

Skinner (pictured below) added: “Sport Industry NextGen for us is about building leadership capacity for the next group of sport leaders, it recognises the importance of leadership, and we feel through our involvement we can contribute to that. I think the Leadership Package that these Leaders are exposed to can provide a catalyst to build that capacity.

“The great thing about the group is the recognition that leadership is important, and leadership is a journey that never ends, even if you get to the top.”

Swanson concluded: “What a wonderful group these young people are. The group come from such vast different backgrounds so it’s fantastic to be able to host them here in the same room and reflect on each other’s experiences and lessons and develop them in unison.”

Find out more about the Sport Industry NextGen Leadership Package here. Sport Industry NextGen in partnership with Barclays opens for entries for 2018 later this month.

Last week Loughborough University London announced a three-year strategic partnership with Chelsea Football Club that will see the two organisations work together on research, internships, player aftercare and engagement activities.