Resilience: that ability to bounce back from adversity. It is what allows you to recover from change or hardship, whether in the workplace or life in general.
As a leader, you can change your views, habits, and responses by modifying your thoughts and actions, which will help broaden your outlook and become less narrowly focused – and more able to adapt to change.
To become more resilient, center on these 8 areas:
1. Accept change. Find ways to become more comfortable with change. Change is constant and inevitable, and you can be successful if you accept it rather than resist it.
2. Become a continuous learner. Learn new skills, gain new understandings, and apply them during times of change. Do not hold onto old behaviors and skills, especially when it’s obvious that they don’t work anymore.
3. Take charge. Embrace self-empowerment. Take charge of your own career and your own development. Don’t expect someone else to guide the way.
4. Find your sense of purpose. Develop a “personal why” that gives your work meaning or helps you put it into a larger context. A clear sense of purpose helps you to assess setbacks within the framework of a broader perspective.
5. Pay attention to self-identity. Form your identity apart from your job. A job is just one facet of your identity, and a career is just one aspect of your life. Separate who you are from what you do.
6. Cultivate relationships. 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.
7. Reflect.Whether you’re riding a success or enduring a hardship, make time for reflection. Reflection fosters learning, new perspectives, and a degree of self-awareness that can enhance your resiliency.
8. Skill shift. Question (and even change) your definition of yourself or your career. Reframe how you see your skills, talents, and interests. By casting your skills in a new light, you can see how they might shift into new patterns of work and behavior.
Has resiliency been a difficult or effortless trait for you to acquire as a leader? Why?
[This post originally published Aug. 9, 2012.]