Throughout history, American football has flourished into a precocious sport that cultivates the people of the world. In America, we are saturated by the realm of sports culture in society, and football is rising as one of America's favored sport. Recent studies of football athletes at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels have shown a downward spiral of behavioral issues ranging from the breaking of team rules, unmanageable character flaws, selfishness, and lack of leadership to more severe transgressions as breaking the law. Leadership is the most sought after attribute in American football. Leadership is most important because it builds character in each individual and also guides the team in unifying to achieve a common goal. Leadership sets the example of how the view of the players, coaches, as well as management, is received. Accountability, humility and success are a few of the significant advantages that leadership can bring about. Positive leadership can be beneficial for all involved.

This paper will research all the effects, both positive and negative, around leadership as a whole through positive behavior. The leadership roles in organized football demand accountability but remain more conscience-stricken of the epidemic taking place. These findings are a testament to the adverse and ethical way football players, coaches, and team management are being developed. This paper will show that an early intercession of positive behavior in leadership strategies can significantly influence unity on and off the field in American football players, coaches, and team management. This is possible through the development of positive behavioral attributes in athletes of any age.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2020

Senior Project Advisor

Dr. Scott Douglas

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Commerce & Leadership

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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