What is the importance of being a resilient leader? If 2020 had taught us one thing, it is that being resilient is crucial to surviving a pandemic and the economic hardship that accompanied it. We have no idea what the future holds. So now, more than ever, we need to learn this competency so we can be ready.
Definition of Resilience
The definition: ‘to be able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions’.
“Resilience is the capacity of an individual to deal with change and continue to develop. It is about how humans can use shocks and disturbances like a financial crisis or pandemic to spur renewal and innovative thinking.”
Why Resilience is such an Important Trait
Last week, I published a blog about the importance of a success mindset. Without the ability to believe that anything is possible, it is nearly impossible to push your way through challenging and unexpected situations like COVID. Resilience is the companion to success mindsets; it helps you bounce back.
A success mindset along with being resilient, will help you respond to whatever is going on and come out the other side better and stronger.
We are already in a second massive wave of COVID. Businesses are starting to close again. Restaurants are reverting to carry out or eating outside. Retail stores are choosing to close. Masks are becoming mandatory in cities.
If you are not resilient, all of these situations that you have NO control over will beat you. Being resilient means you can beat the situation! Now which do you prefer?
I am going with resilient. But is it as easy as just deciding to be resilient?
How to Become a Resilient Leader
I read an interesting Forbes article and it shared that when we have a preference for resilence, we are quick to take action and act independently. The most resilient people were more reactive than thoughtful and more focused on action than relationships. They were also more willing to take risks and make decisions quickly. Being resilient as an individual, and being viewed as a resilient leader, requires that you bring others along with you.
trying to do. When driving down the freeway, we always appreciate it when people signal before they change lanes. Signaling lets others know your intentions. The most resilient leaders are effective at communicating their intentions to others. They were willing to help others understand a new strategy or direction. Effective communication helps others understand changes, expectations and new directions.
Build Positive/Trusting Relationships
Bold Risk Takers
“Resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have. It involves behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone.”
It’s Your Turn
The importance of being a resilient leader is never more vital than right now. The 7 factors above are a great starting point to evaluate your resilience. Which factors do you do well and where you can improve? Take on a partner who can help by providing feedback in the moment.
Now is the time to commit to becoming resilient so that we can face whatever comes our way!
Forever in your Corner,