The art of bouncing back
Charles Darwin once said: “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Building resilience might be the most important thing you do for your long term success as a leader. Your experience and ultimate success is dictated by the attitude you bring to the experience, how you manage your thoughts and emotions, and how you manage the relationships in your surroundings. It is your level of resilience as a leader that will determine your success or failure.
What exactly is actually resilience? It is the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well, and to keep going in the face of adversity. The adaptability to change is identified as one of the top skills needed for effective leadership. A leader needs the ability to go through tough times, resolve issues and give confidence to those they lead in turbulent times, which is now more apparent than ever. It is a leaders’ role to support individuals to confidently pursue new ideas and alternative solutions when change happens. It is a leaders’ job to help build a thriving and high performing business; circumstances don't matter.
Let me try to clarify how it is when resilience is not present. Try to remember a situation when you felt challenged. This may have been a situation where:
All of the above are situations that may lead to a breakdown in resiliency.
As a leader, you can improve on resilience by focusing on the following:
Last but not least, resilience is not only important for leaders, but for all employees and the organization itself. Does your organization help you become more resilient as a leader? Because resilience is the quality that will help individuals weather the storm, it is an important part of a company’s employee training program. Feeling more grounded, clear and calm will help your company be most responsive to change. Charles Darwin would have definitely seen this human quality as an important asset of great leadership.
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