Here are seven ways playing youth sports today, develops successful leaders tomorrow.
Participating in team sports teaches kids how to get along with others and work together to achieve goals. Learning this at a young age creates effective leaders later in life who realize the need to listen to employees, deal with different personalities, and support and energize their team.
Hard work pays off on the field, court, mat, track or ice. In the same way, having a strong work ethic advances your career as an adult and breeds successful leaders.
You win some. You lose some. But you never give up. That’s key whether you’re learning it on the basketball court or working your way up the corporate ladder.
Leaders exude confidence. Confident leaders take action, make tough decisions and inspire others. Being part of a sports team increases kids’ self-esteem preparing them to confidently tackle problems that come their way.
During games, athletes need to assess the situation and develop strategies to win, much like the executive in the boardroom who strategically solves problems, negotiates deals, and helps grow the company.
Sports often requires making instant decisions. The scrambling young quarterback quickly tosses a pass to the running back to avoid being sacked. Establishing decision-making skills as a child develops decisive leaders who can think on their feet.
Setting a goal and finding a way to achieve it is what sports teams aim to do each and every time they compete. Leaders know the importance of setting goals. Great leaders know how to achieve them.
Whether or not your child manages a Fortune 500 company someday, the leadership skills taught through youth sports benefit kids now and as they grow to become successful adults.
- SCFK Team