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Why Competition is Necessary for the Leaders of Tomorrow

Why Competition is Necessary for the Leaders of Tomorrow 1

 

Watching the Winter Olympics over the past two weeks has been the highlight of my day. There have been ‘unknowns’ who have have defeated the odds to win Gold, while the odd ‘favourite’ has failed even to medal.  With grace and dignity, those that didn’t make podium places have walked away to fight another day.

It is these competitors that could teach those who desire leadership roles many important skills. Unfortunately, over the past decade, many schools and others organisations have slowly started to remove competition from their daily routines, which can be cause for concern for today’s youth.

 

For many parents of pre-pubescent children, “competition” has become a dirty word. These parents argue that competition causes undue pressure and stress on kids to be their best.

 

This growing change comes from well-meaning Mums and Dads who want to protect their children from failure and disappointment, so all participants are declared a winner.

 

But what will this mean later in life for those children deprived of competition today?

 

Competition is part of our DNA.

 

Competition is a necessary part of our everyday lives. After all, theories of evolution tell us that even from the earliest days of our existence, every species is consistently engaged in a competitive struggle for life on earth.

 

Healthy competition is good for all. Dealing with wins and losses in any competitive arena is like getting an immunity shot against disease.


Research shows that small bundles of adversity and trauma help to build and develop resilience. After all, life is full of ups and downs.

 

“It’s impossible to reach the heights needed to win gold if you’ve never fallen — and learned from it” – Meryl Davis, Gold Medal Olympian.

 

There is no certainty that we will land that dream job or can keep our company competitive in today’s marketplace, but it would be great to know that we have the

tenacity to fight back should the occasion arise.

 

Regardless of whether you desire to be the leader of tomorrow, or not; competition will teach you important everyday life skills, and is the necessary ingredient for your personal development scheme.

 

I’m leaving this sport knowing who I am - a very strong independent individual that can get through any storm and on reflection it’s been wonderful." - Lydia Lassila Gold Medal Olympian

 

To learn more about these life skills click here.

 

 

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