Why People Need Resilient Leaders

Resilience is our ability to bounce back from adversity. It’s what allows us to recover from change or hardship, whether in the workplace or life more generally.

Today, as we adapt to unprecedented social distancing and public health requirements in our professional and personal lives, changes seem to come at lightning speed — and our resilience is tested more than ever.

As a leader, it’s important that you demonstrate resiliency for your colleagues at work. In difficult times, your people are looking to you for emotional strength and courage. They’re looking for you to set the direction and light the path. If you’re resilient, you’ll project a positive outlook that will help others maintain the emotional strength they need to commit to a shared vision.

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If the COVID era is testing your ability to bounce back, there are steps you can take to advance and thrive. By modifying your thoughts and actions, you can change your views, habits, and responses. Not only will that help to broaden your own outlook, it will also inspire your team to become more adaptable.

8 Steps to Become More Resilient

To become more resilient, focus on the following 8 practices:

  1. Develop and nurture a broad network of personal and professional relationships. Personal relationships create a strong base of support — a critical element in achieving goals, dealing with hardships, and developing perspective. Remember that relationships are important for your team, too. Learn more in A Leader’s Network: How to Help Your Talent Invest in the Right Relationships at the Right Time.
  2. Be intentional about setting aside time to contact your connections. Socialization outside of work conference calls is important and should be part of our daily routines, even if it’s brief.
  3. In addition to lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol, we know that regular exercise improves your ability to process stress and simultaneously increases your resilience. Learn more about how exercise in linked to leadership effectiveness.
  4. Detaching from work and making time for the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night is scientifically proven to make you a more resilient leader. Learn more about how sleep makes you stronger.
  5. Whether you’re celebrating success or enduring hardship, making time for mindfulness can help you handle stress, uncertainty, and setbacks. Mindfulness fosters learning, new perspectives, and a degree of self-awareness that can enhance your resiliency

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6. Embrace new perspectives, gain new understandings, and apply them during times of change. Don’t hold onto old behaviors and skills just because they’re familiar, especially when it’s obvious that they don’t work anymore. Remember, great leaders are great learners.

7. Deliberately enhance and prolong your positive moods, experiences, and emotions. Consciously savoring the good things in life is important because neuroscience research suggests that our brains have a negativity bias, so leaders must be intentional about reaching for positivity. Learn more about how to maximize joy.

8. Take time to acknowledge and appreciate small things throughout your day. The more purposeful you are about practicing gratitude, the more things will naturally trigger a feeling of thankfulness. Learn more about how Giving Thanks Will Make You a Better Leader.

 Together, these 8 resilience practices will make you a happier, more successful person, both as a leader at work and as an adaptable, future-ready individual.

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