Sports Making Women Equal in Business

Sports May Level the Playing Field for Women in Business

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero will make history as the games with the most female athletes ever participating. With that in mind, women being in sports has been thrown into the spotlight now.

The Olympics have shown that athletes are displaying incredibly strength and endurance, all the things that competition is all about, which is also very helpful for dealing with leadership success off of the field. In fact, research has shown that women who have some background in sports have an increased potential in work world leadership which can lead to higher ranks in fields where women do not historically rank high. For example a survey taken by EY involving female world leaders found that 94% of women in C-suites were involved in sports at some point in their lives, the majority of them being at the collegiate level.

Several women in positions of power were asked about their world experiences and one thing they noted that confidence is the key to having courage. One former athlete said that after playing basketball in high school and in college at Purdue, they already knew they had what it took to succeed in life and that settling wasn’t good enough, but trying to excel at a task was very necessary. They also learned how to play by the rules and work well with a team, because the success or failure of a goal can depend heavily on teamwork.

Being a respectful person is another aspect that was described as helping people get along and go far off of the field. Respect is something that is valued whether one is a teammate or in a business setting. Everyone is not the same and does not see the world in the same way, so there will naturally be different perspectives but learning about this can be valuable down the road if done in a proper manner. In addition to this, being respectful both on and off the field can help create bonds and relationships with other people and in turn help everyone work together in an effective manner. This works whether someone is a freshman athlete at Duke University or in a high office setting.