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Resilient leaders manage to maintain a strong sense of opportunity and a positive attitude during turbulent periods. They don’t bad-mouth previous employers, throw tantrums, blame others, or give up. In their eyes, failures are just temporary setbacks they can quickly recover from. In the face of ambiguity, resilient leaders never get stuck. They have the stamina, focus on their wellness and health, and seize ownership of their professional life.

Demonstrating Resilience

For leaders who want to become more resilient, an improvement in the following factors can help.

  • Be a bold risk-taker. Resilient leaders are open to new opportunities and seek to try new ideas. Being stuck in a rut is easy, but one cannot make progress while in a comfort zone. 
  • Communicate clearly and powerfully. Signalling lets other people know our intentions. Some people would rather act individually and not tell others about what they’re trying to accomplish. Resilient leaders are effective communicators and are always willing to help their team understand new directions or strategies.
  • Build trusting relationships. Being open to differences and building trust is a prerequisite for creating positive relationships that are fundamental for building strong teams.
  • Be decisive. Nobody understands all eventualities or has all the data, and that’s why decision making is always challenging. However, without making decisions, you and your team will get stuck in a rut. Be quick to make a decision that would move your organization in another direction.
  • Help others’ to develop. Resiliency is needed whenever we encounter failure, and resilient leaders help their employees to learn from their failures. They’re concerned with the development of each team member and are more likely to give coaching and feedback to others.                                                                                                     

   Key Things Every Leader Must Understand to Develop Resilience

  1. During a crisis, your actions serve as a model for your team. People watch their leaders all the time, and if you show strong leadership skills and resilience, they will learn this style of leadership and develop to become more resilient themselves.
  2. Every struggle is an opportunity. Adversity is a gift, and you should try to accept it like that to strengthen your leadership abilities. It gives you a chance to demonstrate your ability to work through tough times and show your integrity. Do what is right when nobody’s looking
  3. Learn from failures. Difficult times are the greatest teacher in life, much better than success. Evaluate every obstacle, failure, and mistake carefully to uncover a lesson that will help you become a more resilient leader.
  4. Lead through good and bad – it is your responsibility. Reward your people and celebrate during good times. But have you ever encountered a storm and came out of it stronger? There is no feeling that’s more rewarding than that. Welcome difficult times and leverage them as an opportunity to develop the resilience you need to grow. 

All great leaders have scars, so embrace them and be proud of them. They show what you’re capable of and where you’ve been. Organizations need resilient people to inspire and motivate others to address their own resilience. 

Discover new ways to build resilience and connect with your employees to engage them in developing their own resilience. Call me for some complimentary advice. Book an appointment at  or call me at +1 (604) 943-0800. 

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Inscape Consulting Group
Greg Nichvalodoff, BSc. BM (Honors), MBA, PCC, CMC
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