Playing sports provides participants with opportunities to develop leadership skills along with the development in communication and team building. These skills enable people to function effectively as leaders, as well. Playing and coaching sports activities, such as baseball, football, running, bicycling and swimming, helps participants learn to treat other competitors with respect, identify strengths and weaknesses, develop winning strategies and manage time effectively.
Participating in sports helps people develop confidence and make quick decisions necessary to succeed in leadership roles of all types.
In order to channelize this, at KVKs, a sports infrastructure developed by SAAP, operated and maintained by Kinder Sports, provide a platform to develop and nurture these skills.
Leadership Skills Developed through Sports
Though this may be obvious, teamwork is one of the basic skills sports can teach participants. Teamwork helps motivate participants to do their part, assisting the team to reach its ultimate goal. Teamwork also involves the delegation of tasks, which is what successful leaders do every day.
Great leaders need team building skills in order to be examples and effective to those they lead. A growth of team building skills in the workplace can positively influence group projects, campaigns, employee engagement and motivation in the workplace.
Leaders require excellent communication skills. Playing sports helps people develop the ability to work together effectively using techniques that apply in business situations, too. For example, a tennis player serving and his doubles partner communicate using a series of signals.
Finding a way to communicate effectively in any situation helps a leader succeed in business, too. People who play sports learn how to present their winning ideas to others. Leaders improve their leadership capacity by listening to others, and speaking and writing clearly and convincingly.
Teamwork and communication are not effective unless there are organization and strategy behind it. Sports and team activities give opportunities for participants to come up with a game plan and strategies to win. Leaders always have the ultimate goal in mind. They do away with pointless meetings, develop strategies and make sure the work being done is effective and efficient.
Playing sports help participants learn to make decisions by observing and interpreting information quickly. Effective leaders exhibit decisive behaviour. For example, a football player typically has only a few seconds to decide where to pass. Playing sports helps a person develop the skills and behaviour necessary to succeed in a dynamic, global workplace.
Additionally, by participating in a team, a player learns to develop strategies and work with his teammates to enable their victory. Playing sports prepares a leader to influence others, set realistic goals and solve problems efficiently to win competitive advantage.
Value of Practice and Preparation
Come Ready or Never Start—that pretty much says it all when it comes to defining the importance of practice and preparation in succeeding in sports or in life. Youngsters can learn the value of preparation and practice in order to allow them to reach their goals as an individual or team.
They can experience the success that comes with the proper preparation or the failure that comes when not enough focus is placed on putting the time into practice and get better. It’s much the same scenario in their school careers.
Life isn’t fair and much of it involves overcoming setbacks and other adversity. Youngsters can learn how to overcome adversity and temporary failures through the many situations they face in athletics, both in their preparation and during the competitions. They can learn the mentality they need to both overcome and learn from adversity they face as they strive for their goals.
The goal can be just winning the particular game…or attaining a particular athletic goal. Learning to overcome adversity is a mental skill that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.
Dealing with Success and Failure
Sportspersons can learn how to be proud of their successes without demeaning their opponents. They learn that accomplishments can be cherished so that the focus is on the pride that goes along with team success without letting an attitude of superiority drive their feelings toward their opponents.
Youngsters can also learn how to deal with failure—not winning the competition or accomplishing particular athletic goals. They can be taught that any failure is just a temporary setback from which lessons can be learned in order to improve and have a better chance of success the next time.
Setting and Striving for Goals
Successful people are the ones who set short term and long term goals and focus their efforts on accomplishing these goals. Organized athletics lends itself to setting both individual and team goals and then striving for those goals.
It does not matter the skill level of the young athlete or the level of accomplishment of the team. Goals can be set that mirror the improvement desired and then a plan of action can be mapped out to reach those goals.
Likewise in life, youngsters will more likely succeed if they are setting goals in school and other areas of lives. They can transfer their athletic goal achieving lessons from athletics to other, more important areas of their lives.
Sports can teach a child discipline in a palatable way while they participate in an activity they deeply enjoy. They need the discipline to learn the skills—the discipline to put in the time and preparation so they can maximize their performance.
They learn that if they have the discipline to what it takes to improve and excel—performance rewards can follow. Often, they need discipline while participating in the sports themselves to maximize their chance of success. They learn the lesson quickly—without that discipline, they do experience the joy of victory.
KVK’s Role in Developing Leaders
Through KVK, a platform is provided to develop and nurture these skills. An opportunity is provided for youngsters that too in areas where the availability of such opportunities is very low.
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