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Developing employability through sport and physical activity
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1 Taking the lead – using initiative in sport

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Figure 2 Coach speaking to wheelchair basketball team

Initiative is a crucial skill in sport as it enables athletes to take control of their performance, contribute to team dynamics, adapt to changing circumstances, foster personal growth, and gain a competitive edge. As athletes and coaches develop a proactive mindset, they take charge of their performance and navigate challenges, building a foundation of initiative that transcends the boundaries of the sporting arena.

Initiative, at its core, embodies the essence of proactive engagement, characterised by the ability to act without explicit instruction (Rawlings, 2022). Those who exhibit initiative showcase an independent and thoughtful approach, consistently displaying the capacity to make decisions and take decisive action when circumstances demand it.

In a sporting context this might include:

  • Proactivity and problem-solving: athletes and coaches with initiative don’t wait for solutions to present themselves; rather, they take responsibility for identifying and addressing challenges head-on.
  • Leadership and responsibility: sporting environments often provide opportunities for athletes to assume leadership roles and take responsibility for themselves and their teammates. Athletes and coaches with initiative exhibit leadership qualities such as motivating others, setting examples, and driving collective success.
  • Adaptability and flexibility: sports are dynamic and situations can rapidly change during competitions. Athletes and coaches with initiative develop adaptability and flexibility, adjusting their strategies and seizing opportunities as they arise.
  • Self-motivation and personal growth: those with initiative exhibit a strong internal drive and motivation to succeed. They actively seek opportunities for personal growth, continuously strive to develop their skills, and take ownership of their professional development.