Equestrians and board directors … A lot in common
Equestrian sports are the only Olympic sports were men and women compete equally in all disciplines: showjumping, dressage and cross-country. The reason for this is that the physical differences between men and women are deemed not to have any effect on the outcome of the competition.
I am in showjumping and although just a beginner, I can give testimony of the attributes of a successful equestrian:
- They don’t blame the horse, or other external factors. They take accountability for themselves and their actions, learning from mistakes.
- They are continuous learners. They are their worst critics – never satisfied, always striving to be better.
- They can take a fall (literally). They know that there will always be bad days and good days. They are resilient and always look at the future with a positive attitude.
- They work with their partner, a living creature with a will of its own. So they know they have to be flexible and adaptable.
- They are strategic and competitive. Jumping an obstacle course requires setting a goal, strategizing the best way to deal with every obstacle, and covering all the bases before you start
I am also a Board Director, and I can see that these attributes are highly desirable in a Boardroom. None of them have to do with the physical differences between men and women.
However, contrary to the Olympics, Boards of Directors are predominantly male.
Women have won gold, silver and bronze team medals at Beijing.
I wonder, not having enough women in the Boardroom, what kind of wins are we missing out in the corporate world?
Mariana Rodriguez Risco | Presidente Laureate Perú
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