Originally published December 24, 2022 | By Jay Feldman

Teamwork and leadership are among the most sought-after skills in the workplace. Even though these are considered skills that can lead to a successful and accomplished professional future, most kids are not taught them from an early age. But they should.

Leadership lessons help kids understand what it is to have responsibility and confidence for making choices while being empathetic to other people’s needs. As a child’s early years are the ones that build the foundation for their learning and development journey, nurturing these meaningful concepts progressively shapes them into their best version in the years to come.

One of the best ways for children to create a teamwork and leadership experience from a young age is to participate in youth sports. Being part of a team or a positive league and engaging in individual sports gives students a chance to practice overcoming challenges, winning and losing, collaborating with the people around them, actively listening, and feeling safe taking risks which builds resilience. This will reflect in their professional lives later: According to Fortune, 95 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs played sports. While only 6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women, the proportion of women CEOs who were athletes is similar—90 percent of them played sports at some point.

Read the full article at Mentors Collective.