Playing Rugby Improves Health and Builds Character

Since 2012, Christian O’Meara has served as chief executive officer of Seattle, Washington-based Logic 20/20, recognized as one of the Fastest Growing Firms by Consulting Magazine. He is a fond supporter of rugby, a sport he’s been playing ever since he was 11 years old. Christian O’Meara has written several articles explaining and revealing how the sport has enhanced his personal and professional life.

Like most sport team games, rugby helps people get a sense of usefulness and belongingness within a team. Serving a purpose, working towards a goal with a team builds character and humility. Winning becomes more valuable as a result of a team effort. Requiring a high degree of preparation and training, rugby also helps players become disciplined and resilient to keep going no matter the costs and suffering.

As a high contact sport, rugby builds strength and improves flexibility. Rugby develops upper body strength as well as muscular strength and leg muscles. Furthermore, it increases the body’s cardiovascular system and bone density, making the heart and the lungs stronger and stimulating calcium. An improved bone density makes someone less likely to develop osteoporosis.

The Lesson Business Leaders Can Learn from Coaches

Having worked as a leader in the technology industry for over 20 years, Christian O’Meara of Seattle, Washington operates as the chief executive officer of Logic20/20, a technology consulting firm that supports businesses. Additionally, Christian O’Meara served as both a rugby and soccer coach for more than ten years and insists that he learned several business lessons from sports, including the importance of a great coach.

According to Mr. O’Meara, a coach must always be there for the team. This also applies to leadership in business. A good leader aims to spend time with the members of the team, providing authentic discussions and interactions. Even small gestures performed daily, such as asking about someone’s day, fulfill that goal and instill a sense of leadership presence within the team.

Leaders strive to be transparent and welcome honest feedback from their teams. When received, leaders apply this information to how they reach big picture goals for themselves and for everyone working under them. To help members of the team feel at ease offering feedback, leaders incorporate humor and laughter into their daily routines.