A Critical Leadership Skill in Outdoor Sports: Risk Perception
Burak Gürer, Zühal Kilinç
This research was designed to present the risk perception and risk assessment from the perspective of outdoor sports leaders by using the phenomenology design which is one of the qualitative research techniques. The study group consisted of active 13 outdoor sports leaders with at least 10 years of leadership experience selected through criterion sampling, one of the purposeful sampling methods. The results were grouped under 3 themes: risk perception, risk management and leadership qualities. Although risk perceptions of the leaders in outdoor sports differ, it can be argued that risk perception and risk assessment are an important component of leadership in all outdoor sports. In addition, the results of this research may be discussed in relation to extreme sports activities such as wingsuit and skydiving that are much more dangerous and life threatening and do not require leader.
Keywords: Outdoor sports, risk perception, risk management