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Invest in sports to create leaders

  • Publication: The Hindustan Times (Shine)
  • Edition: New Delhi
  • Date: March 11, 2014

Corporate world's new mantra- Employees who take part in sports are generally all-rounders, quick learners, better leaders and work well in a team.

Many corporate leaders believe that organising different types of games and encouraging employee participation is the need of the hour as that they can develop various skills needed for professional growth. “We organise cricket matches for employees and also support other sporting activities. I believe association with sports by default makes people relate to their team mates, helps in strategising and develops clarity in thinking. It is definitely worthwhile to build soft skills among managers. 

Not only does the leadership quality enhance, soft skills also help in building the emotional quotient of the organisation,” says Rana Kapoor, MD and CEO, Yes Bank Limited. Sanjay Sethi, head of an online shopping firm says that his company has a cricket team that practices regularly and successfully competes with teams from other organisations. “This goes a long way in building trust and camaraderie between coworkers and honing individual skills such as quick decisionmaking, strategy formulation, etc,” he says. 

Some experts are of the view that employees who take part in maximum games are all-rounders or people who excel in most games/sports have a greater ability to learn quickly and in a better manner compared to those who don’t. “People who take part in games excel in life and in multiple roles and are better leaders; we, therefore, offer such employees leadership roles and a variety of important profiles. Also, people who excel in sports are very positive and drive the organisation to success once they become leaders,” views Kunwer Sachdev, founder & MD, Su-Kam. 

“You learn how to challenge yourself and master hardships, you learn the absolute importance of teamwork to give you a winning edge, you learn to sacrifice individual needs for the benefit of the group, you learn about the importance of good sportsmanship, fairplay, honesty and integrity; all of which come in handy at the workplace,” says Sudeep Banerjee, head, HR and training from a life insurance company. Market leaders believe that playing each sport - be it golf, chess, cricket etc - has its own positive impact on the player. 

“While chess, shooting etc are important to increase the level of concentration, football can help you with teamwork and strategic planning,” says Rajeev Kapoor, MD, Steelbird, which has been associated with domestic hockey matches as a sponsor.


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