Whether you are at the top of your company, leading a team or serving a community, eventually you are sure to face a challenging situation or unsettling change. Resilient leadership calls for leaders to motivate and inspire others through a crisis.
Resilient leaders emerge and flourish through those tough moments as they lead others out of the crisis. Some of the greatest successes in history have followed monumental failures. With today’s rapid and disruptive change, leaders need to be agile and resilient.
In the 1980s, the Center for Creative Leadership conducted a study on the key life events that contributes to a leader development. The study found that leadership development came less from their success and more from life challenges and career setbacks. Great leaders have demonstrated that challenges are opportunities to learn, grow, change and to not repeat the mistakes of the past.
Great leaders don’t see themselves as the victims of their circumstances, but more responsible and courageous enough to accept their reality.
Today, we need leaders who can weather any storm while at the same time bringing their organization through times of great change and uncertainty. It takes resilient leadership that embraces the unknown and welcomes opportunities for personal growth.
So how can we develop our own resilience and looking for ways to cultivate more resilient leadership culture in our organizations? Here are some suggestions
Understand your authentic self
When you are facing a challenge or set back, it is really important to be honest with yourself with the challenge at hand. Your views and beliefs of the situation can have a lasting impact for yourself and your team. You have to find the courage and humility to look into your heart and soul-the core of your being. You begin to find what is important to you and the organization.
Understanding yourself will give you an opportunity to look inward and reflect on:
- Your principles
- Your beliefs
- Your strengths
- Your weaknesses
- Your potential blind spots
Once you are honest with yourself and reflect, you can make better choices for the future. The more self-aware you are, the more authentic you can be.
Deliver inspiring communication
To inspire your team and achieve great performance, leaders need to be motivating in their communication. When it comes to communicating change, people are usually uncertain and resist new things. As a leader, you need to step out of the pack and deliver communication that motivates people to want to deal with complex changes during stressful times. Great leaders take these challenging times as opportunities to serve, connect with the people’s hearts and minds.
They go the extra mile to re-inspire their teams and re-engage around a meaningful vision in spite of setbacks and failures. A resilient leader is looking for more than just compliance. Leaders who inspire and communicate in a positive way, can elevate their team performance to success. Leaders are people who focus on positive aspects of their teams and their aspiration for a better future.
Speak from the heart
When you speak with people in times of change, people demand trust and transparency from their leader. Speaking from the heart means letting people know you care and understand their:
When you speak from the heart, people will know that you care and committed to making a difference by sharing values and principles. Make time to meet with your people so that you can express your feelings and telling your story. The stories you tell will build the bridge of trust in knowing someone is there to lead and guide the team forward.
Don’t forget to listen
Resilient leaders listen in order to learn and understand the people they lead. It requires them to understand the information communicated and the feelings associated with the message. It’s about involving people in your organization and asking them the question-‘What do you think about?” Resilient leaders cannot succeed alone. They have to create more connections and bring people for leadership conversations to embark on a better future for everyone. Our willingness to learn and listen to others will create a powerful momentum.
“A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.” Helen Keller