Importance of sports to management students

Thu, Oct 1, 2015

In Focus

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is the most suitable proverb one should quote while stressing upon the importance of games and sports in someone’s life. Be it at recreational or at a professional level, it is important for the individual to give space to the games in his/her routine. An interesting and entertaining way to spend leisure time, sports provides an all-round package for the mental and physical development of an individual.

Management and sports can easily be related to each other. There are many qualities which can be associated with a sportsman as well as a successful manager. Working in a team is as important in sports as it is in the management. Leadership is also one of the aspects which is very important in the sports as well as in management. Performing the best at personal level, inspiring others to do their best and then crediting the success to the team are the expectations from an effective and a successful leader. The case of Springboks winning the Rugby World Cup in 1995 as a result of the efforts of Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar (team captain) can be cited as an example where leaders transformed the way people looked at the team.

Celebrating the success and accepting the failure, and then not being complacent by either of them makes one a successful individual. One should move forward from these results and always prepare for what follows next onto the journey to perfection. This principle, when followed by managers, acts as a source of encouragement to continue working in a particular direction.

Everybody has a sportsperson hidden inside him/her. If that person is harnessed well, it might help the individual to hone his/her skills and become a successful manager.


Himanshu Negi

MBA 2015-17

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