Whether you’re swimming in one of the most mesmerizing pools or not, the act of swimming has the same benefits for a leader. To improve your leadership skills, all you have to do is swim more!
If you’re a professional swimmer, then you’ve probably already realized that unanticipated stuff happens on competition day. Maybe your goggles or your cap expires. It could even be a traffic problem. Whatever it is, sometimes your expectations aren’t meant. Also, if you practice and practice and have enough hours to prepare, you can never control instances that can’t be controlled. Humans have no superpowers after all. These situations that test you can be a major freak-out moment. But don’t worry, there’s always a solution to a problem. In the professional world, you’ll be able to apply your patience when something unexpected occurs. When events that are uncalled for suddenly happens and you’re tasked to make the decision, it won’t be difficult for you to stop worrying and start thinking because you have swimming to thank for. Swimming makes you a warrior and not a worrier. Besides, no one can swim correctly unless they’re calm.
Swimming makes you coachable. If you don’t listen to your coach who has more experience and is more knowledgeable than you, then you’ll be stuck with where you at forever. You have to learn to receive lessons from others. Their advice could improve your breathing, technique, and your whole being. Learning to listen isn’t a sign of inferiority. It’s the same thing if you’re a leader. You shouldn’t boss everyone around like your opinion is the only thing that matters. You must make learning transactional; you teach them, and they teach you. Gathering insight from others isn’t a sign of a weak leader, in fact, leaders who listen are more appreciated by their team and are more likely to succeed. So, if you’re a leader, it’s okay to ask questions just as it is all right for a swimmer to ask his/her coach.
Lastly, swimming can teach positivity. Although you can’t control every single thing, all you have to do to compensate for this is to learn to glide through the water seamlessly. As a leader, you can’t control what happens to your team or what trials your team has to face. You have to teach them how to withstand the trouble with a positive attitude. Of course, having an optimistic mind isn’t enough; you need to work hard to solve the problem too. As a professional swimmer should inspire a beginner, you, as a leader, must also empower your members.