Participating in teams sports provides many benefits to people. Obviously, sports help a person stay in great physical shape but perhaps a benefit that is often overlooked is how sports help develop interpersonal and personal skills. These interpersonal skills learned from sports translate very well to important leadership skills in the working world.

On the personal side, participating in athletics helps people develop a sense of self-confidence in their abilities. Athletes work hard to hone their craft in their sport and the practice and preparation build self-confidence. This personal confidence translates greatly to leadership world.


Another personal strength that sports engrain in a person is the development of strategy, a key important to managing and leading people. Each sport can employ different strategies to help win the game. This strategy game in sports can translate to the business where leaders need to develop winning strategies in their business. Playing in a sport also involves identifying player’s strength and weaknesses and applying them to the right position on the team. This skill translates directly to a business leader by finding employee’s strengths and weaknesses and putting employees in the right job for their strengths.

On an interpersonal level, playing sports teaches athletes the importance of communication among teammates. On the playing fields, teammates need to communicate effectively for a team to play together better and eventually win. In the working world, leaders must facilitate communication among their teams for the team to work effectively together. Also, dealing with issues between teammates and facilitating conflict resolution in athletics translates directly to the office world where leaders must do this between colleagues on their teams.


The final leadership skills that sports teach people are team building and respect. As a team in sports, the athletes on the team must learn to respect each other and work as a team. Teams in sports and in the workplace are made up of different skills, abilities and personalities and all must work together in harmony to promote great teamwork. People that participate in sports learn the team building and respect that is required and these skills translate greatly to the workplace as leaders.

These have been a few great ways that demonstrate how participating in athletics gives a person great leadership skills for the workplace.


Ryan Krutzig is a seasoned sales and operations professional based in Minnesota. Read more of his leadership advice or check out his Twitter!

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