Many want to be in charge, but only few truly have (or develop) what it takes to be a successful leader. The top skill necessary to move into leadership isn’t technical abilities, polished customer communication, or savvy strategic understanding. It’s resiliency. More often than not, leaders face pushbacks and less than ideal situations. In addition to feelings of purpose, drive, and excitement, leaders can experience stress, disappoint, and burn out. That’s where resiliency comes in.
What is Resiliency?
To be resilient is to be capable of overcoming in the face of adversity. When things aren’t going as planned, a resilient person can pivot and motivate the team to create a different plan for success. Even if they are uncertain or nervous, they don’t back down from a challenge. Instead, they assess the situation, analyze their options, and establish a path forward.
How Can I Acquire Resiliency?
While some people are simply born with an attitude of resiliency, it’s also possible to acquire it. There are three main characteristics that you can develop to become resilient.
- Build an attitude of acceptance. Often, non-resiliency stems from our inability to accept circumstances that go against what we had planned. Get good at saying “I wasn’t expecting this, but looks like this is what we’re working with. Let’s go.” Resilient people can roll with the punches.
- Trust yourself. When things don’t go your way, it’s vital that you trust your abilities to respond in the correct way.
- Embrace teamwork. Few great things were ever accomplished alone. Get comfortable asking for help or feedback. Your team is there to support you, use that resource.
The Resilience Ripple Effect
Resilient people lead resilient businesses. In the same way that a leader must be able to bounce back when struck with a challenge, businesses must be able to do the same. The business’s resilience doesn’t simply affect its leader, it affects the team, the stakeholders, and the customers. Therefore, it is imperative that the leader of the organization is prepared to demonstrate resiliency in the face of adversity in a moment’s notice.
If you don’t feel strong in the area of resiliency yet, don’t worry. You will get many chances in your career and life to continue to practice it. Remember – accept circumstances, trust yourself and look for help from those around. That skill will be your strength in no time.
Debi is a coach to high performers, leaders and business owners wanting to achieve more and grow beyond what they believe is possible. Known for her clarifying insight and a pragmatic approach, Debi brings her clients to the next step by asking the right questions during strategy development and supporting them during strategy implementation. With experience in management, recruitment and employee development for various industries, she has a wide scope of expertise and will confidently guide you towards a successful future in your career.
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