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How Sports and Leadership Skills Come Hand in Hand

04 Oct 2019 General, Babies and Toddlers, Preschool, Preparatory and College

Playing sports is an excellent way to help boost physical fitness in children, however there are plenty of other benefits too.Many of the characteristics required to achieve success in sports are quite similar to those needed to succeed in life such as confidence, goal-setting, discipline and other leadership skills.

Great leaders understand the value of hard work, accountability, competition, and being part of a team; these are all traits your child can learn from participating during our sports lessons and our Shackleton programme

Team Building Skills

Playing sports provides future leaders with team-building skills. Leaders need collaborative vision to develop strategic objectives to promote a cohesive team. It starts with having the ability to hire the most talented employees and motivating them to achieve success.

Children in teams quickly learn that they are most successful when they develop a team mentality and cooperate with one another. They will soon learn that the mantra “There’s no “I” in team” is very valuable thing.

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Communication Skills

Leaders have excellent communication skills. Playing sports will help your child develop the ability to work with others productively by using strategies that will also apply in real-life situations. 

Athletes learn to communicate through both nonverbal cues and verbal communication. Finding ways to communicate successfully in situations helps leaders succeed in business just as it does in sports. Furthermore, children will develop their capacity for leadership by learning how to listen and genuinely understand others. Being with a lot of different people can help your child to learn how to adapt their style of communication to match the person who they are talking to. This transferable skill is one which is essential in everyday life. 

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Decision Making Skills

Sports is great practice for making decisions later in life.  Competent leaders assess situations and playing sports presents many opportunities for children to recognise when to behave decisively. Through quick interpretation and observation, children who play sports learn how to make decisions.

The most effective leaders are the ones who show decisive behaviour. Often, athletes only have a few seconds to make a decision if they should make a move or not. Make the shot or pass the ball?  In a blink of an eye, young athletes must judge the pros and cons of a situation and act accordingly.

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Winning Strategy

By participating on a team, athletes learn to develop strategies and work with their teammates to achieve victory. Sports prepares a leader with a competitive edge to set realistic goals, influence others, and solve problems efficiently. Playing sports helps people develop the skills and behaviour necessary to succeed in a dynamic workplace.

Playing team sports often involves developing a strategy to confront the opponent and gain advantage over the other team’s weakness. Business leaders use similar strategies. 

In conclusion it can be said sports are highly beneficial for us. They are source of fun and excitement. However, they also build our character. We cannot separate the fun factor from character building while playing sports and the effect it has on our leadership skills preparing our children for what is yet to come.  


Written by Richard Lanks, PE and Shackleton Programme Leader at Mount Kelly Hong Kong


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