Resilience is defined as one’s capability to bounce back or recover from difficulties quickly, a sort of toughness, elasticity or durability. It’s easy to see why this trait might come in handy in a leadership position, considering all of the challenges that come with running a successful organization.
Being able to bounce back from failures, recover quickly from setbacks and remain positive and flexible during times of adversity definitely bodes well for those in charge.
But how can one become a more resilient leader? As it turns out, resilience is a trait that can be learned. We aren’t either born with it or not. We can develop it over time by concerted effort. It begins by simply choosing to become more resilient, and then practicing.
Here are a few ways to do so:
1. Build Connections
A supportive network is vital in cultivating resilience. Trusted friends and colleagues will provide you with the support and encouragement you’ll need in challenging times. A mentor or coach can help to guide you through and bounce back after failures and setback. Take a look at your current network and see how you might fortify and expand it. Attend a networking event. Hire a coach. Reach out to a mentor. Make sure you are actively working to surround yourself with people you trust, admire and can learn from.
2. Cultivate a Healthy Mindset
Resilience is not about what happens in the world of business, it’s about how you respond to it. View each challenge as an opportunity to surmount a new obstacle, learn and grow. Try to see each setback as a learning opportunity, be curious and think what can I learn from this? or how are we going to work through this? Try not to view any crisis as insurmountable.
3. Be Open to Change
If we move through life and business operating under the assumption that change is inevitable, it will be that much easier to process and adjust once it arrives. If we are expecting adversity, challenges and road bumps as the natural way of doing business, we’ll be ready for them. We won’t be rattled by every issue that arises. Leading with the expectation of change will make it easier to navigate the inevitable.
4. Focus on What You Can Achieve
Create specific goals for yourself and move toward them. Ask yourself what one thing can you do to move toward these goals today. Try not to focus on the things you cannot control and be proactive in moving forward on what you can. If you can set your sights on your own intentions and take action, it will be easier not to focus on the negative.
5. Have a Vision
If you have clarity around your vision and a guiding end result for your company, it will be easier to correct course when things veer off track. Hold a vision of where you are going and it will be harder to get lost along the way.
Resilience is critical for any leader because in order to be successful, he or she needs to remain effective in times of upheaval. In fact, great leaders are not successful in spite of their setbacks, but rather the ability to overcome them.