We’ve all heard that leaders are not born, they are grown. But that growth does not happen overnight. The process of growing into your best leadership self is a process that takes time.
One effective way to grow as a leader is to grow in the area of resilience. A leader’s success is often measured by his or her resiliency. But just what is resilience? Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a resilient leader as a leader who has the ability to become strong, healthy or successful again after something bad happens. Also, the ability of something to return to its original shape after it has been pulled, stretched, pressed, bent, etc. A third definition is the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially compressive stress, an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.
Another word for resilience is grit. Angela Duckworth, a lead researcher in the area of grit, writes in her book by the same name, “Staying on the treadmill is one thing… but getting back on the treadmill the next day, eager to try again is grit. It is more about stamina”.
As leaders it is important that we develop our resiliency muscle, working to grow over time. Here are five ways to develop resiliency as a leader:
Resiliency isn’t always easy, but is always necessary. It is exciting to watch a resilient leader. They keep going all the while believing that they have the power to be a part of the solution just as long as they don’t give up and continue to grow.
Latrice Ross, DTM