One of the most astonishing outcomes of my work with female athletes is the low amount of raw courage and confidence they possess, especially when compared to male athletes.
I measure it using an online talent assessment called CliftonStrengths® which is more commonly known as the StrengthsFinder®. It measures five “pistons” that comprise an athlete’s internal motor. My data collected from over 500 female athletes established that less than 2% had self-confidence in their top five strengths. This data point was underscored by my observations of what female athletes required to perform well under pressure.
Combatting the confidence crisis
In my upcoming book, Win Like a Girl®, I share research indicating that many female corporate executives were athletes, and they in turn seek to hire athletes for traits like determination, teamwork, and work ethic. Rarely do we help young athletes connect the dots between success in sport and success in life.