The Pitfalls of Power Couples – Could You Overcome Them?
One of sport’s power couples called time on their relationship this week, as it was revealed that star golfer Rory McIlroy and tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki are no longer together. But it was the comments of South African legend Gary Player that is making headlines this week, as he insisted that to be a successful golfer, men need a woman who will give up their life in order to support them. Player’s words go against everything that many elite women have been brought up to believe, and are angering many who are of the opinion that men and women should be equals in relationships and in their respective career paths.
Hayley Bystram, Director of Bowes-Lyon Partnership, one of the country’s leading professional dating agencies for elite individuals, says, “The comments this week from the ex-golfer Gary Player seem rather dated; a huge number of men nowadays are welcoming of the fact that women can challenge them in every area of life, and in our experience, we often match men with women that are their equal in every sense.”
“The boat for men who want women to be at their beck and call seems to have sailed, and the vast majority of our clients are looking for someone in a high-flying career just like them, who understands the pitfalls of job-related pressure, and who can provide them with the support they need without compromising themselves.”
Of course, having two individuals in high-powered careers whilst balancing relationships is not without its issues, and it is these issues that the two sports aces seem to have succumbed to. Many people who focus on their careers can often find that they end up growing apart or simply cannot dedicate enough time to both areas of their lives. But there are some instances of power couples being perfectly matched and entirely compatible. The Beckhams manage to balance a burgeoning brand empire with family life, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z take turns taking ‘time out’ from their career in order to raise their daughter, be a family and see the world together.
The prevalence of women in elite professions nowadays means that these kind of balanced relationships are growing more and more common. Whilst it may not have been right for McIlroy and Wozniacki, it is certainly an option that works for many of the clients of the elite dating agency Bowes-Lyon Partnership, and thousands of other couples across the globe who are balancing careers and personal lives.