Resilience in Leadership 3 Part Exercise is a way to tangibly produce teams that are more resilient and operate with more empathy. Leadership makes a huge impact on the resilience of teams and organizations. They create an environment and foster a culture of resilience by example and through investing in exercises and experiences for teams to thrive. Resilience is a muscle that needs to be worked just like empathy and communication. A big misconception is that people are born with these things or that it requires trauma to gain them. We can train ourselves to respond in positive ways to adverse situations or preempt them through our perspectives on change and process.
First lets look at the ways leadership can help foster resilience.
- Develop high-quality connection: relationships over bottom line
- Manage stress and avoiding burnout: policies that support rest and balance
- Reward Authenticity and Transparency: Honesty is the policy and is rewarded, over punishment driving
- Support continued learning to keep inspiration and personal meaning a priority Staying inspired and finding meaning in their work
- Provide support (mental health professionals) to help manage set backs
These are some ways that organizations and leadership can support resilience in the workplace. Leading by example in resilience, you can also commit to the following actions.
- Communicate Effectively: ensure that your team members and peers leave the conversation with an understanding of your expectations and their roles
- Be open to improvement: you should be open to feedback and eager to use it to enhance your effectiveness
- Build relationships; relationships are excellent sources of resilience
- Take risks in strategy in favor of the well being of your team. Try new ideas or implement bold strategies that others can see you are doing for benefit of others
- Champion change; always be willing to change when necessary
- Be decisive; decision-making is a difficult but vital part of organizational success
You need to develop resilience in yourself before developing resilience in your team. You can also do this together based on the following principles of resilience from positive psychology.
To lead your organization towards enhanced resilience, follow these 15 guidelines:
- Develop a focused sense of urgency and anticipate change.
- See beyond what other leaders/organizations see as limitations, and develop an “anything is possible” mindset.
- Incorporate a strong culture of accountability, starting with the top and working your way down.
- Delegate leadership responsibility and authority down the chain of command.
- Don’t waste time on activities that can’t be measured; eliminate areas where your organization/employees are weak.
- Cultivate a mindset of transformation and set new goals frequently.
- Once you have a solid vision and well-developed mission, stick to them.
- Use a people-first approach: people, then customers, then shareholders.
- Attract, empower, and retain courageous people who will make bold moves.
- Tackle challenges head-on.
- Think and act horizontally, and break down silos in the organization/division.
- Keep an eye out for areas where you need to self-correct and do it quickly.
- Encourage transparent feedback and use it to constantly improve.
- Do not reward mediocrity; set clear performance expectations and reward behavior that is above-and-beyond.
- Define excellence as the constant pursuit of perfection; never be satisfied with the status quo (Gleeson, 2017).
Now that we have some guidelines to resilience, let’s jump into the practice. Demo Solutions loves exercises, because we are coaches and these are the way to see real results. Interested in our coaching? Click Here
Resilience in Leadership 3 Part Exercise
This exercise is derived from Licensed Professional Counselor Kim Morgan (2017) and is divided into three parts.
The first part helps identify your strengths by answering the below 7 questions. Be very very honest and apply these to your work environment, including and paying special attention to how you work that brings the best results that give you a sense of fulfillment.
- What is the best thing about you?
- What do you like most about yourself?
- What are you like when you are at your best?
- What, or who brings out the best in you?
- What is your most significant achievement?
- How have your strengths helped you in the past?
- How can your strengths help you in the future?
With these in mind, we will start developing your resilient perspective.
It is really easy to default to anticipating negativity in an environment or situation, but it is a really bad way to approach work and life. Resilient mindsets would chalk these thoughts up to stinking thinking! What are are looking to do is to develop a perspective that considers both the good and bad equally. Be able to look at a situation objectively.
When you find yourself experiencing “stinkin thinkin”, pay attention and write them down or come to a leader or peer and express them, to get a better sense of balance of what is actually happening. Then reframe the situation and what your steps are to win the deal or change the situation to a positive outcome.
Part 3 is the fun part and it is all about cultivating guts and courage. Doing things that scare us is an excellent way to not only neutralize our fears but also build our self-confidence and resilience. This is one of the most liberating parts of presenting and challenging ourselves in business. Add in some humor, maybe even sing a song. WHY NOT? Challenge what you believe about yourself in a work situation and start adding in some elements of your personality that might not make an appearance regularly in work.
Go back to the list and it will remind you that you can be brave, and can win deals and demos and lead a better team if you believe in yourself and push your own boundaries in a life-enhancing way.
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