Much has been written over the years linking lessons on the sports field to broader learnings applicable to life generally and business in particular. One of the best and most detailed analyses can be found in John Eales' Learning From Legends (sports version). I've also been lucky enough to see him speak at last year's Grant Thornton Australia future leaders' conference on the key themes from this research.
The attached article isn't quite as deeply researched as Ealesy's book but it draws some good parallels between sport and business leadership. In particular, I really liked the section below about shared vision and higher purpose, which businesses often ignore but are fundamental to high performing organisation's - both sporting and business.
A clear sense of purpose was proven by National Geographics survey on the secrets of longevity to be the number one key. The Japanese call this ‘Ikigia’ which means “your reason for getting up in the morning”. The easier you can articulate your Ikigia the longer and more fulfilled your life.Stuart Lancaster tapped into this when he took over the England team. He asked all the parents to write to their sons telling them what it meant to have them playing for England. He also got ex-players to write down what it meant to them to represent their country. Stuart knew that, if he could tap into a ‘higher purpose’, the team would perform better because it meant more to everyone involved.