As the world turns its attention to the Summer Olympics, four athlete-executives, two of them former Olympians, tell how pursuing excellence in sports made them better leaders.
Elite athletes are finely tuned, but not just for athletic competition. They apply discipline, focus, and persistence. They master team dynamics. They repeatedly test their physical and mental limits, face failure, and keep going.
It’s no coincidence, then, that competitors who excel in sports may also be poised to excel in other arenas, including association leadership. Allow us to introduce you to four cases in point. In the process of achieving excellence in their sports, these four executives developed skills and learned lessons that they continue to draw on in their nonprofit careers.
In the spirit of this summer’s Olympic Games, Associations Now talked with them about victory, defeat, and what they’ve learned along the way.
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