Resilience is key to success for leaders. Resilience is a source of energy to move forward and make an impact. Five strategies can develop your resilience.
Several years ago, the company for which I was providing career consulting was purchased by another company. The merger resulted in an unusual circumstance for me—coaching fifteen leaders in the same organization as they transitioned to a different culture and new systems. I observed over the next twelve months that the resilient leaders were able to acknowledge the uncertainty and stress, then continue to develop their careers in the direction they wanted. Other individuals, lacking resilience, focused on the doom and gloom of the merger, which became a barrier to finding new roles, whether inside or outside the company.
I identified five common strategies that these resilient people possessed as part of their career toolbox. I was amazed at how these strategies eased my own business transition. Within one month of leaving the organization where I had spent fifteen years, I had a major new training client and fifteen new leadership-coaching clients.
I continue to focus on the five strategies with my leadership-coaching clients: well-being, self-awareness, brand, connection, and innovation.
Well-being is about exercise, nutrition, sleep, dealing with stressors, making opportunities for fun, and relaxation—all those factors that can be a wellspring of energy if paid attention to.
Self-awareness includes knowing your purpose so you can align your career with it, developing and maintaining a growth mindset, and learning your own personality type so you can deal effectively with others.