Five ways experienced leaders keep their resilience muscles toned

Aggie Aitken/2insight/leadership coaching/leaders

We hear a lot about resilience and how important it is in life and for success. In our work lives resilience is the ability to bounce back and move forward from a setback or challenge. 

Successful leaders demonstrate resilience by having confidence in their strengths and abilities, by making realistic plans and carrying them out, by being an effective problem solver and by being able to manage their reactions and emotions. 

How strong is your resilience? Do you find yourself reacting to situations rather than responding?

When we are faced with challenges or setbacks it is common to question our own judgement, doubt our abilities or compare ourselves to others. In my coaching work, I see that resilience, which is a skill, can be developed and strengthened like any muscle. 

Unfortunately, unlike other on-the-job skills, there are no training courses to enrol in to grow and develop resilience. Having worked with many leaders, often during times of organisational change, I have observed some common behaviours amongst leaders able to bounce back and deal with challenges or setbacks: 

1 - Resilient leaders make time for personal rejuvenation and reflection - they know that it is important, especially during times of stress, to take time out for their own physical and emotional wellbeing. They lead by example and notice when those around them need a gentle reminder to look after themselves. 

2 - Resilient leaders choose to be optimistic realists - they point out that there are new things to be learnt, improvements to be made or an innovation to develop. They see and use negative setbacks as opportunities for growth and use their positive, can-do attitude to motivate others into action. 

3 - Resilient leaders choose and use their words wisely - they take their role as team and organisational guide and role model seriously. They know that when stakes are high it is up to them to inspire and encourage. They are the ones who ask others to imagine the possibilities, believing there is always another option to consider.

4 - Resilient leaders deal with setbacks quickly - they don't ignore challenges or issues and allow them to grow bigger. They seek input and insights from others, examine and learn from the past and make decisions so that they can take action to move forward and move on. 

5 - Resilient leaders have a network of supporters to turn to - they are diligent about building and fostering relationships so that in times of pressure they have a tribe of trusted advisors, doers and supporters to turn to. They also seek out the views and perspectives of others, knowing that a collaborative approach engenders buy-in and a solution for the greater good. 

So, how do you rate your resilience? And, what steps can you take to make sure your resilience reserves are topped up and ready to draw on? 

Do you need to reconnect with what rejuvenates and invigorates you? 

How can you open your mind to new and other possibilities? 

Whose input are you going to seek?

Aggie Aitken/2insight/leadership coaching/Blog

I support courageous leaders to work on their resilience, so, if you would like me to assist you in answering these questions, book a complimentary 30-mins resilience call via my email. . .