Resilience has a significant impact on the success of a leader. Developing your resilience can help you to thrive, enhance performance, and cope effectively with challenges unique to you as a leader.
- Traditional research focuses on the impact of resilience on coping with challenges. But actually, this is only half the story. If you feel like you're coping okay or are ready, actually there's a whole heap of potential over here which can really help you to thrive. And that is something that resilience can also help with. I'd like you to imagine resilience on a sliding scale. At one end of the scale, you've got the coping end. This is about dealing with challenges, overcoming obstacles, coping with what's going on at that time. At the other end of the scale, you've got the thriving end. This is about reaching your potential as a leader. It's about pushing yourself further than where you are now. It's about enhancing your performance and achieving more. And the beauty of working on your resilience is you can do all of this across the sliding scale. What you might find and what you probably do find, is that actually you move up and down this scale depending on what's going on with you or depending on the environment or the situation you're in. And that is completely normal. It's really important to work on your resilience, preferably before you feel like you need it. However, if you're in a situation right now which is really challenging or really tricky, it's not too late to think about where your resilience is and what you can do to improve it. Often when I work with people around resilience, they start to think about the end goal. So a question I often get asked is, when will I be resilient. And the answer is, we don't really know. Resilience isn't something you achieve and you can take it off your list and that's it, it's done. It's a mindset. It's a way of living, it's a way of thinking that you constantly need to use to help you to achieve more and to thrive. Now, don't be put off by that thinking this is a massive undertaking to enhance your resilience, because that's not the case at all. Actually, it's about small steps and small tweaks that you can make that can help you to enhance your resilience, to help you cope with those challenges which you face as a leader, but also to thrive as a leader as well.