This study examined the self-perception of students of the Faculty of Sport Sciences regarding leadership behaviors according to team sports and individual sports preferences. 476 students studying at different departments of the Faculty of Sports Sciences of Bayburt University participated. To measure the participants' self-perceptions about leadership behaviors, a questionnaire consisting of four dimensions developed by Özbek and Kızılyallı (2017), "Self-Perception Scale Related to Leadership Behaviors of Undergraduate Students," and a demographic form containing gender and department variables were applied. The t-test and ANOVA analysis of the scores obtained by the questionnaire were performed. According to the findings, based on gender, it was determined that the male participants in the self-confident leader sub-dimension of the scale were significantly higher than the female participants. In the principled leader sub-dimension, the mean scores of the female participants were significantly higher than the male participants in individual sports. In team sports, it was found that the average score of male participants in the self-confident and determined leader sub-dimensions was significantly higher than that of female participants. According to the departments in individual sports, a significant difference was found in the self-confident leader sub-dimension in the self-perception score averages of the participants regarding leadership behaviors. The average score of the participants studying in the recreation department is significantly higher than in other departments. The self-perception score averages of the participants who prefer team sports, on the other hand, showed a significant difference in the Participative Leader sub-dimension of the scale. It was found that the average scores of the participants who studied in the department of coaching education were significantly higher than the participants who studied in other departments. As a result of the study, it was determined that gender and department variables affected the self-perceptions of athletes who prefer team sports and individual sports regarding leadership behaviors.
Leadership behavior, team sports, individual sports, self-perception, sports, student