In a report published by BBC Sport, British tennis star, Andy Murray was reported to be, ‘amazed,’ “by the level of criticism his appointment of Amelie Mauresmo as coach…and the negativity towards her personally.” We applaud Murray’s bravery and marvel at his insight regarding the Yin and Yang aspects of leadership and coaching.
Currently ranked number three in the World, Murray has recently flourished with two victories and success on clay courts, not usually his favorite. Murray says, “it is easier to be open about his feelings when talking with women.” The Whitespace S.A.S.S.Y.Y. program, which explores the differences, strengths and weaknesses for women in typically male corporate roles, is designed to develop the communication mentioned by Andy Murray.
It appears tennis much like the competitive corporate world can benefit by the ‘Yang’ influences as mentioned by Murray who said,
“when you get five or six men sitting at a table in a competitive environment, it’s not pleasant…trying to be macho can get a bit testosterone-fuelled.”
We at Whitespace hope the insights and success of Andy Murray can speed the inclusion of women in leadership roles and welcome your comments on how the inequalities in compensation and opportunities can be challenged throughout both sporting and corporate roles.