Athletes are no strangers to the fact that what you learn on the playing field can be directly transferred to the business world. Leadership, servanthood and teamwork are just a few of the many lessons athletes learn on a daily basis. Noticing the business success of former athletes, Inc.com’s Alison Stein Wellner has just released a report that reveals reasons athletes succeed in business. The following is an excerpt of the report but I encourage all of you to click on the link to read the entire article, especially all you athletes.
Eye on the Prize, Secrets of Entreprener Athletes
For CEOs and CEOs-to-be, sports may be a more effective training ground than any business school, according to both psychologists and entrepreneur athletes themselves. Athletic endeavors help CEOs and CEOs-to-be develop such leadership skills as self-discipline, morale building, and teamwork. In a Harvard Business School study of roughly 30 graduates who had become entrepreneurs, almost all the respondents reported playing individual or team sports during their early years. “Many felt strongly that competitive sports had prepared them not just to compete in life but also to deal well with winning, with losing, with setbacks, with training, and perhaps most importantly, with others,” the report states.