Change continues to drive business and resilience is the trait
that is helping leaders grow despite the disruptions. So what does it mean to
be resilient? Let’s start with the definition; resilience is the capability to
recover readily from illness, depression and adversity.
Though some aspects of resiliency are inherited, it is also a
skill set involves behaviors, actions and thoughts that can be learned and
Here are four tips to make you a more resilient leader who has
the strength to move forward and power through to the next set of
1. Understand and Manage Emotional
Resilient leaders develop the ability to understand and endure
negative emotions and do something constructive with them. They remind themselves that what they
are facing is usually temporary, that they have overcome challenges before and
can do so again. Keeping a positive outlook is important to them. Situations that test mental resilience are
testing the leader’s emotional intelligence, to a large extent.
2. Continue to Grow and Develop Good Habits
“Habits are like financial capital – forming one today is an
investment that will automatically give out returns for years to come.”
― Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles
of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
Resilient leaders subscribe to Achor’s notion and they are
consistently developing good habits and looking for ways to improve their lives.
Here is a simple approach to developing good habits - a
resilient leader adopts the 1% rule in three areas of life (e.g., emotional,
mental and physical). One example: Making a slight improvement in their
emotional well-being means spending time with people who are supportive and
inspiring to them. By doing this they choose friends wisely, and understand
that the right circle of influence can impact a person’s success.
3. Learn when it is Time to Say “No”
Ed Batista Harvard Business Review article ‘Learning to Say “No” is Part of
Success’ he shares, “…Success tends to attract bigger and better opportunities.
As we succeed, a key challenge becomes prioritizing the many opportunities that
present themselves.” For resilient leaders the same holds true when it comes to
mastering the art of prioritization and saying “no”.
good reminder Ed Batista includes, “Practice, saying “no” is like any other
interpersonal skill—it feels clumsy and awkward at first, and we improve only
with repeated effort.”
take away, when it’s time to say “no”, resilient leaders avoid phrases such as
“I may not be able to attend.” or “I’m unsure.” They say “no” with confidence.
4. Celebrate the Victories
To preserve emotional health, resilient leaders need small wins
in their personal and professional lives. In the book Feeling Good,
Dr. David Burns discusses how important it is to keep track and celebrate not
just our major achievements, but also our seemingly minor achievements. In the
extreme, attention to small wins can help people lift themselves out of
depression; this is one of the tenets of cognitive behavioral therapy. Here’s
an example: People suffering from depression can find it difficult to maintain
an exercise program, even though any kind of physical activity can reduce
depressive symptoms. So, a goal that includes working out at the gym for an
hour each day can seem unthinkable, and that work-out never happens. As Burns
writes “You may assume you must do everything at once instead of breaking each
job down into small, discrete, manageable units which you can complete one step
at a time.” This means that it’s much more effective to start with a modest
goal like simply taking a walk around the block. By keeping track of success in
meeting such a goal, and celebrating it, depressed people can begin to build
their goals and start enjoying more, larger, successes.
research at Mindability also tells us that resilient leaders search for answers
and meaning. Continue your search and learn more about resiliency today
at www.mindability.com and follow us @mindability