3 lessons that team leaders can learn from Sports Leagues!
Sports have become a daily part of people’s lives. Sports leagues such as IPL, Kabaddi Pro and FIFA have gained high attraction over the years. One of the biggest leagues – the Indian Premier League push millions of cricket fans glued to the television. It is imperative to understand that sports leagues are not only about competitions. It includes coordination, performance, results, teams and team leaders. A close look at these leagues reveals some of the best management lessons that team managers can take advantage from. Read the 3 most important lessons below:
1. Company ethics and culture are the main driving force
Sports teams bear a striking resemblance to new-age corporate teams in a way. Both teams do not play with the same players for too long. The teams keep changing and many players are given a chance. For a team to perform, it is essential to pick the right individuals and help them become a part of the team. Just as how important it is to keep a right balance of all-rounders, spinners, hitters and batsmen, it is as important to keep a right mix of team players in any company. There are many team building activities the team player undergo to develop better relations with the sportsmen from across the globe to achieve the goal of winning.
2. Underestimated players may change the game
One mistake that team leaders often make is to underestimate some members without giving them the opportunity to perform. It is on a team leader to identify hidden talent and give them opportunity to perform. Every team member requires relevant training, grooming and the right opportunity to be able to perform. For example, over the years IPL has witnessed some extraordinary performances by new-comers. Prithvi Shaw, Shubhman Gill, Washington Sundar have shown an amazing performance at a young age. While many employees may be average performers, it is not right to be judgemental about them without giving them proper opportunities.
3. Every team needs a leader who leads from the front
The right leadership is required everywhere. In football, the captain should know who is a great defender or forward. In cricket, the captain should know which bowler is great at death over or initial overs. Irrespective of the nature of job, every team requires a leader who leads from the front, has a proven track record, understands the requirement of its team and knows how to use the team’s potential. A leader who doesn’t know the strengths and weaknesses of his team will find it hard to lead it to success.
One of the most important parts of collaboration and teamwork is effective communication. According to research done by London Business School, communicating the right message to the team will help you reach your targets in more 50% more efficiently. A great communication flow will bring the members together and provide them with a comfortable environment. During competitions, the team has frequent meetings, fun activities, conferences, and language learning concepts. There is a lot of learn from this tournament and we hope you notice sports as a productive management system as well!
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