The crucial skill for facing challenge, change and uncertainty is resilience. In an ever-faster world, where disruptive changes come one after another, no standard approach or static skill set can work for long. People and organizations must adapt and they must be resilient in order to survive, thrive and succeed.
At the most basic level, resilience means being able to bounce back from difficulty. Resilience is actually far more powerful than that, and resilience comes in many forms.
Personal resilience is the inner strength and determination that flows from deep within you. It might have been taught to you by your parents, grandparents, or other family members. It may emanate from your faith or belief system. In addition to coming from your past, personal resilience can flow from your vision of the future – that you want things to be better for your children, your community, or the next generation.
When facing adversity or striving toward a big goal, you can leverage your personal resilience by:
- Accepting change
- Adapting fast to challenge
- Persevering through uncertainty
- Re-engaging after setbacks
In his Keynotes, Jim shares tips and techniques for enhancing Personal Resilience traits including:
When working as a team, you need to add to the team’s resilience, not subtract from it. Sitting back and complaining won’t help you or the team move forward. To build more resilient teamwork, everyone can Spark Resilience in the rest of the team by being:
- Mutually dependent
- Solution oriented
- Confident in the team
Resilience has become the new must-have executive skill.
– Harvard Business Review, June 2017
During times of great change and challenges, organizations need resilient leaders to smooth the trail ahead. After a big setback, people want leaders to chart a new course and instill confidence that the team can indeed rise again. And, when a company envisions a lofty goal, one that is exhilarating and intimidating at the same time, team members look for resilient leaders to step forward and guide the way.
Being a resilient leader means that you:
- Communicate clearly & confidently
- Inspire & motivate toward success
- Amplify resilience in others
- Build a legacy of resilience