August 29, 2011
Adjunct Professor Maylon Hanold, who teaches in the Master of Sport Administration and Leadership program, just published “Leadership, Women in Sport, and Embracing Empathy” in Advancing Women in Leadership Journal(Vol. 31, 2011).In her article, Hanold maintains that sport metaphors have reinforced long-standing, traditional, masculine views of leadership. She addresses the need for new sport metaphors by using examples from high-performance, female ultrarunners.“The typical sport metaphor, which embraces toughness and an unrelenting adversarial view of competitors, doesn’t embrace what we know today about effective leadership,” Hanold said. “We need to deconstruct underlying assumptions and provide alternatives to outdated but persistent patterns of leadership. For instance, the role empathy plays in competition as exemplified by female ultrarunners provides a new sport metaphor that reflects contemporary views of effective 21st century leadership.”Hanold received her Ed.D. from Seattle University and participated in the 1992 Olympics. Her teaching and research focus on sport sociology and leadership, specifically embodiment and gender. She joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2008.The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees.
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