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Written by: Hope August

In today’s global communities,  organisations are becoming more and more competitive with different trends and technology. Senior level management and Human Resource Management have also become competitive with their personnel management and recruitment. It has become critical and strategic on who to recruit and develop in an organisation and who will effectively contribute to organisational goals and strategies.

To keep up with competitors or to create a competitive advantage, Human Resources and organisations’ executive members are collaborating on employee requirements and processes that directly impact intrapersonal and interpersonal skills. Organisations are looking for employees that share values of teamwork, leadership, shared committment, being goal driven and the ability to manage pressure.

Being active in sporting activities or being an athlete centres the attributes that are valued traits in the workplace. Organisational needs in today’s competitive global community are closely aligned to good sportsmanship.

  • Team work and individuality

Organisations are looking for employees that work their strengths within team dynamics. These employees focus on what they can contribute in terms of their strengths towards team centred goals. They align themselves to fellow colleagues and work towards team goals instead of individual interests. The same applies to a sporting team that works every position in the team towards goals or winning. Each player has a role to contribute. It’s not about being self centred and obtaining individual glory. It’s about playing your part and helping the team as much as possible to obtain the common goal.

  • Leadership

It’s been assumed that most leaders of leading organisations have A -type personalities. Sports driven people or athletes possess leadership related skills that work towards nuturing long term goals, confidence and calculated direction. Team captains and team leaders both fulfil similar roles. A leader in an organisation is expected to motivate team members, be able to resolve conflict, instil fair play and recognition and provide direction and support for the team. These leader attributes also speak to the different types of leadership such as transformational leadership or charismatic leadership, which are traits that can be found in athletes.

  • Emotional intelligence

The ability of being aware of your self and your colleagues plays a role in how you manage conflict, and employees who are active in sport tend to relate better to different personalities and they have valued interpersonal skills. Sportsmen and women also have a good level of self-efficacy. This is critical in creating a good level of confidence in team goals and the belief in achieving the goals despite the challenges that are faced in the team. Active leaders also contribute better in a team set up and they are able to manage their emotional being and related pressure.

  • Being ethical

It’s important to understand and respect your work and work surroundings at all times. Being ethical is at the core of organisational structures. This is to protect products, services and business intelligence. It’s about respecting the rules of the game. This is fundamental to sporting individuals. Fair play at all times is important.

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