“Resilience” is a word that is being used in today’s narrative more than ever before. There are many reasons why “resilience” has become so prominent, none of which is more relevant than “the pace of modern society”.
In an ever-changing world, the modern leader must face the challenges of this high paced, uncertain landscape. One of the many tools that the modern leader must have in his tool belt is “Resilience”.
Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. It has to do with a person’s toughness. His ability to survive. Another definition that describes resilience well is: “The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape”. Resilience in leadership is the ability of a leader to manage and adjust to circumstances that presents itself and find ways to overcome and triumph amidst uncertainty and high risk. Every leader should have this very special ability. Leadership in the 21st century is surely not for the faint-hearted. I have great news. Resilience is built into the DNA of all humans. We need to rediscover this amazing and powerful ability. According to DR. Paul Donders, we should pay attention to the following resilience factors when striving to become more resilient.
- A Reconciled Past
- Realistic Optimism
- Problem Solving Competence
- Using Your Unique Skills
- Discipline and a Healthy Lifestyle
- Self-Awareness and Passion
- Healthy Relationships
You need to invest in growing your resilience. You owe it to yourself and those that God sends your way, t to be able to cope with the challenges that life in the 21s century will demand from you. As leaders, we need to set the example for others to lead. Let us strive to grow in our resilience so that we can be effective change agents in a world that desperately needs resilient leaders!