Competition is a good thing because it encourages people to do their best. The problem comes when people try to win at the expense of others by making them feel bad for losing. The key is to keep competition healthy and not hurtful. So, how do you inspire healthy competition in females?
Understand that Men and Women Are Different
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The first thing you have to do is understand that men and women are fundamentally different. Several studies show that women are typically less competitive than men. For instance, in a study conducted by Lise Vesterlund from the University of Pittsburgh, only 35 percent of women chose to compete in a tournament when given a choice, whereas 73% of men chose to participate.
However, the reason why women are less competitive than men isn't clear cut. Some people assume it is because women tend to be more compassionate and don't want to hurt other people's feelings. Other people think women are less competitive simply because of the gender roles that have been instilled in them from childhood. Either way, inspiring competition in women takes a little more than it does for men, and it is usually resolved by showing all potential outcomes.
Talk About the Competition
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One thing that really helps women want to compete is knowing that the end result will not hurt anybody. So, if you want women to compete, make sure you make it clear what happens at the end if they win and what happens if they lose. When women can see that both results are positive and not hurtful to anybody, they are usually more likely to compete.
Another thing you can do to encourage women to compete is to talk about sportsmanship before and during the competition. This helps to reinforce the idea to all that there will be a winner and loser, and that it isn't ok to be mean about it.
Find Competitions Women Will Enjoy
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Of course, all women are different, so sometimes the only way to get them to compete is to find something that interests them and create a competition out of it. For instance, some women like to collect coupons, others like to run, and some like to search for good deals - all of which can be turned into competitions. Plus, these are the best types of competitions because everyone gets to do something they love.
Make the Loser Happy Too
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Healthy competition is all about making sure that nobody's feelings get hurt. This can be achieved by turning the end result into something that is beneficial for all competitors. For instance, some women really like to run marathons, so healthy competition can happen when women encourage each other to beat their personal best running times. The same is true for women that like to coupon -- women can compete in a blogger contest to see who can find the best deals, then share their ideas with each other.
These healthy strategies can be applied to any type of competition. You can inspire women to compete by showing them ways to make every completion beneficial for all, regardless of who the winner turns out to be.
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