Hanold Focuses on Sport Images and Leadership

Written by Laura Paskin
November 17, 2014

Master of Sport Administration and Leadership Professor Maylon Hanold presented her research on the intersections between sport images and leadership at the 2014 International Leadership Association's annual conference in San Diego this fall. In “Limited (Limiting) Sport Images: Leadership Implications,” she discussed how mainstream sport media images subtly support a narrow view of leaders and leadership.

“Sport media tend to reproduce traditional, heroic notions of leadership that position white, heterosexual males as most suited for leadership,” Hanold said. “We need to re-think what counts as leadership and who counts as leaders to eliminate barriers to sport leadership for women and other marginalized groups.”

Hanold, who received her Ed.D. in Leadership from Seattle University, joined the College of Arts and Sciences faculty in 2008. She recently published “Understanding the Difference Between Leadership and Management” in Sport Leadership in the 21st Century (Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2015). The book is the first textbook entirely dedicated to sport leadership. Her chapter establishes leadership as a practice distinct from management.

The College of Arts and Sciences, which is the largest college in Seattle University, offers undergraduate degrees in sport and exercise science and a master’s degree in sport administration and leadership.