If you’re a team leader, resilience is one of the most important traits you can possess. After all, the true test of your management won’t be how you perform during the good times, but how you perform and react in the face of a challenge.
Here are four areas where being resilient can have a positive impact on your leadership:
- Taking on responsibility
When you’re a leader, it’s up to you to take the initiative and show the way forward. Anyone can be seen as an ‘influencer’ when things are going well. However, you truly show your value as a leader if you can bring your team out of the other side of a bad patch.
Possessing resilience will allow you to show your courage, emotional strength and professionalism. In many cases, these can only be gained through experience. However, once you have the knowledge that you can meet any challenge head-on and succeed, you’ll embrace adversity where others may shy away and admit defeat.
- Seeing opportunities
When problems occur it can be easy to adopt a negative attitude. Resilient people tend to do the opposite – they see it as a positive that can lead to brand new opportunities. As a leader, you can use those opportunities to show people what you can do.
For example, for business leaders technological progress has rendered some industries obsolete, whilst simultaneously opening up new ones. It’s up to us to see where the opportunities lie and take advantage of them.
- Learn from failures
Resilience gives us a growth mindset. Rather than seeing failure as a character flaw that cannot be changed, someone with a growth mindset will look at how they can improve themselves and succeed next time. This may include learning a new skill or gaining a new qualification.
Rather than be put off by setbacks, a resilient leader can take lessons from failure. There’s very rarely a time when you only have one chance to succeed – most of the time you will have another chance. A resilient leader will use each attempt as a stepping stone to meeting their overall goal.
- Being a role model
You can teach your team the value of resilience by showing it yourself. If you exhibit the traits of resilience during a tough time – and succeed – they’ll know it works and follow your lead. This will also significantly boost your reputation as a leader.
Our Developing Resilience eLearning course defines what resilience is, and why it is now so important in everyday life.
Taking the course teaches you how to be more resilient by providing useful tools, techniques and exercises intended for both individuals looking to become more resilient themselves, and managers aiming to improve their employees’ resilience at work.