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Resilience in leadership

Leadership and resilience

In the workplace, many have indicated the importance of resilience as a leadership trait due to resilient leaders being seen as more effective overall.

Required in many workplace situations, you may be wondering what resilience is and how it can be applied to your management skills.

Let us tell you all about it.

What is resilience?

When boiled down, resilience is a further evolution of stress management. Recently, many businesses have been pushing the concept of resilience as a way of helping to unlock further potential in business performance, as it helps workers better cope with the stresses and strains of the modern-day office.

When it comes to managers, being able to implement resilience tools and strategies will therefore not only make you a better leader but help the company overall.

Traits of a resilient leader

There are several ways to identify if you’re a resilient leader or not.

Firstly, resilient people possess three specific characteristics. These are:

  • An acceptance of reality
  • Strongly held values that life is meaningful
  • An ability to improvise

These characteristics are embedded within a person, which leads to them becoming much more adept at both leadership and resilience within the workplace.

You can see this within the person’s ability to recover from failures quickly, maintain a positive attitude in the face of turbulence, while also being able to move forward and avoid getting stuck.

It’s these traits that lead to them being perceived more positively within their place of work. And, while many within the workplace can bounce back with one or two of these three key qualities, only those that possess all three can become truly resilient.

How do we get it?

There’s no need to worry if you don’t have all three, as an individual doesn’t have a fixed level of resilience.

This can be developed through resilience training, which focuses on four principal factors:

  • Confidence
  • A sense of purpose
  • Social support
  • Adaptability

It’s these core principles that can then be applied to your life, which can help you become a more resilient leader.

These can then be transferred to your managerial career. 

How to demonstrate resilience

Helping you on your way to becoming a resilient leader, there are certain things you can demonstrate to those that you work with while in the office. These include:

  1. Communicate

Effective communication is the best way to let others know what’s going, and the most resilient and best leaders always communicate effectively. Letting those they work with know their intentions, they’re also always willing to help others understand new strategies and direction.

  1. Be coachable

Always be open to feedback, and if you aren’t getting any, ask! This is a key trait of all resilient leaders as they’re always willing to put the effort in to improve themselves throughout their careers.

  1. Build positive relationships

Always bring others along with you, as this helps to build trust with those you work with, creating strong bonds and ultimately developing an excellent working relationship.

  1. Be a bold risk-taker

Don’t be afraid to try new ideas and take bold risks. This will stop you and the company from becoming stuck in a rut, while helping those in the company, and the company itself, to flourish as the world changes around it.

  1. Develop others

Don’t just be interested in your development, but those around you too. The most resilient of leaders know they’re only as good as their team, and if your team is developing and learning, so are you.

  1. Champion change

Resilient leaders always embrace change, no matter how scary it may seem, as it’s required to help businesses and individuals grow and develop.

  1. Be decisive

While some decisions can be difficult to make, the best and most decisive leaders make decisions and move forward. If the decision is wrong, they’re good at learning from it and moving in a new direction, but the important thing to do is to always make important decisions.

While there are other ways you can better yourself, just choosing some of these resilience strategies will help you to seem more resilient.

At Bright Direction Training, we provide all the tools to help managers become more resilient through our leadership courses.

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