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The discourse of deputies: Communicating co-leadership in a rugby club

Wilson, Nicholas 2009. The discourse of deputies: Communicating co-leadership in a rugby club. Te Reo 52 , pp. 73-98.

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This paper examines leadership discourse in a small, non-commercial organisation with a hierarchical structure, a rugby club. The focus of the research is the captain of the club and the way in which he discursively constructs his identity as a deputy leader. The notion of covert leadership (Mintzberg 1998) is explored and extended by linking it to the concept of Relational Practice. The analysis demonstrates how, using covert leadership strategies, the captain accomplishes both relational and task-oriented leadership. Using an interactional sociolinguistics framework, three extracts of the captain's discourse are analysed in detail. These extracts were part of a larger corpus of data gathered from six months participant observation of a rugby club in Edinburgh, Scotland. The extracts show how the captain, as a deputy, helps the coach to provide effective leadership during the team in training sessions, and how he constructs different identities in order to achieve this.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Publisher: Linguistic Society of New Zealand
ISSN: 0494-8440
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2017 04:12

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