What makes a leader resilient, is experience. When you have been through the same battles, faced the same objections and Conquered each time this will give you the experience and resilience you need to overcome whatever you face. Try to have the best team possible around you but don't be weak and delegate all major tasks to them. Handle the toughest situations, and show why you are a great leader.
أHello Paul Your Question was what makes a manager or Leader resilient or flexible - here I would like to say that as the Leader in his origin Flexible position sometimes can not only be flexible, but - due to work circumstances surrounding the interest of work requires him to take this position - When ever he feels that the organisation challenges serious & may effects its existence ,sharpness will not benefit both the organisation & himself .
Haveing a ,vision that goes beyond yourself, determination, don't need an alarm to wake u you up, principles, and a beyond better plan that you must write down.
We have developed a web page that explains all of the qualities needed to be a great leader culled from dozens of sources. It includes how to be flexible, open-minded, resilient, strong, firm, and everything in between.
President Ronald Reagan said, "Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere." ( Sept 15, 1986)
I believe that by doing that, a leader has less to worry about and can focus on what is important like developing or expanding the business.
Some great research on Resilience was done by Steven M. Southwick, MD and Dennis S. Charney, MD. and compiled in their book called Resilience. They compiled their work through years of interviewing and working with people who had proven resilience, from Vietnam Vets who were held for years and suffered unspeakable things for years, to women who suffered torture and managed to still create success and run successful businesses.
They indicated 10 factors that are needed: Realistic optimism, facing fear, moral compass, religion and spirituality, social support, resilient role models, physical fitness brain fitness, cognitive and emotional flexibility, and meaning and purpose. NOTE that among these 10 factors that are needed at least three require the support of others to achieve... so a great leader also needs a great network as they cannot make it on their own! Also note that two of them - physical fitness and brain fitness, requires that the leader has enough balance in their world that they are keeping their own body physically healthy!
Resilience isn't generally so much taught as learned through experience: experience with both the ups and the downs that work and life send our way. It's most possible to for a leader to be resilient when she or he can look at a bigger picture than the one being experienced right now - can see that existence and even success are possible or even likely beyond this particular situation. Essential to being a great leader is having a clear vision of where you're going - and it can be true that a lack of resilience is a symptom of a too-narrow and too-constricted vision.
An excellent question Paul!
As well as all the above, resilience is the ability to remain focused on the goal and not take NO for an answer. It is the ability to continue and persist come what may. It is the abiity to get up again when one has been knocked down. It is the kid who, when kicked over by the bully, gets straight back up again and continues anyway.
It is a demonstratin of survival. All great leaders have demonstrated resiliance. One of the best ways of seeing examples of resilience is by reading autobiographies of people who have overcome great odds to be a success at what they do.
But what MAKES a leader resilient? Is it their own perserverence in pursuing their goal? Their own determination to achieve that goal no matter how many times they are thwarted or just plain stopped.? I would say yes.
According to my practice resilience in leadership is an ability to support motivation and engagement of the personnel through difficult periods of organizational change without loosing the organization values and culture.
That's a good question. What makes a leader resilient is self-confidence. When disappointment happens, it's easily to fall into the world of depression. However, it's through self-confidence, determination, and persistence that a leader bounces back. To say it another way - a leader almost has to compete within themself. It's a competition of success versus failure.
Paul, Listen to Martin Luther Kings' Speech - I have a dream - Everything one can ever learn about the Properties of a true Leader is contained in those minutes.
A leader IS already where everyone can or will or wants to be,so what might be seen and interpreted as resilience by the ones that are led is nothing else than the leader living a reality that for the rest is still out of reach.
A leader quite literally lives in a different reality both in time and space.
He lives within a different paradigm and he clearly SEES the direction, the road that leads over the hill to the other side whilst the others might not even know that there is another side.
Because he SEES it he cannot deny it and it's normal for him to LIVE it out.
He is already there.
A leader’s resiliency is built upon a foundation of flexibility, inquisitiveness, an understanding of business drivers, the competitive landscape, and the talent available.
Leaders who are resilient are able to individualize their leadership and communication styles to meet the needs of the audience. Leaders who are resilient challenge and confirm understanding, and are able to remain focused on goals even in a changing environment.
According to me a Leader can be resilient when he doesn't sees himself as a hero figure within the working environment. Earlier days the norms of Heroic Leadership was in culture of most workplaces because of which the leadership normally use to shun the views of other employees in the firm which resulted in a lesser resilient characteristics in the leader.
Since the arrival of Distributed leadership the whole perspective changed. People may argue that heroic leadership is the best way to manage the work force but at the same time it brings ego in the picture, thus making the environment and leadership too very stringent.
With the dawn of Distributed leader the whole style became more flexibility and thus flexibility brought resilience in Leadership. But the Distributed Leadership has its own demerits because of which the Blended leadership came in the picture. This Blended form of leadership took the traits of Distributed and Heroic type of leadership.
I suggest you to have a look at these three forms of Leadership(Distributed, Heroic and Blended) and creating a connection between can be a way forward.
I hope this helps. Good Luck!!
Character will make the leader resilient. Character that is based on values and purpose not just gifted talent.
Resiliency is a muscle that's developed through use. Leaders become resilient by having to work through difficult situations. Resilient leaders have an inspiring vision that keeps them motivated in the midst of strife. They are also critical thinkers and innovative problem-solvers. They are able to see possibilities where others only see obstacles. They believe that their efforts will impact the outcome.
All the below responses to your question are great. As you reflect on great leaders one thing they have in common is a continuous desire to learn from their successes as well as their failures and encourage their staff to learn on an on-going basis . They take things in stride are flexible and adaptable, they dig deep within themselves as well as gain resilience from others.
Being able to overcome every obstacle thrown in front of him. Being in business for yourself is not an easy venture. You have to have the "bounce back" ability.
A 'google scholar' search for: 'resilience in leadership', will give you some great results.
Look at Daniel Goleman for EQ in leaders, very good.
- what does resilience mean: ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy
A leader who is being or displaying aspects of resilience would likely have the following behaviours: authority, presence and impact. A resilient leader would be mindful, centered (look at aspects of somatic coaching - 3 dimensional being) and have the awareness of how he is 'being' and aware of how to use the various sub-personalities (explore http://www.psychosynthesis.org) that he/she might have.
Then there's the ability of a leader to 'listen'; actively and authentically. To be aware of what is not being said, in addition to what is being said. To be aware of how they see other people / teams: as a problem, who has a problem, a great person with a problem or a fantastic human being with huge potential.
Meditation and / or mindfulness practices will result in building and sustaining resilience. A resilient leader will develop and grow from failure and will face adversity, pain and failure with a positive reframing. Look at Acts of Will, different types of will: strong, skilful, good and transpersonal plus use the different Psychological Elements:
Lastly, look at the book, Leadership Embodiement, great read http://www.amazon.co.uk/Leadership-Embodiment-Stand-Change-Think/dp/1492946699
All the best
A resilient leader is someone whose stands firm when a decision is made, ready, willing and able to take full responsibility and always considering ways to accomplish their goals. Being resilient means that you have accepted the fact that things will go wrong and instead of falling apart when they do, take a step back, examine what went wrong, tackle that same exact task again but this time putting in safeguards to prevent the previous from happening this time. The very first time you do this will elevate you so high that nothing or no one will be able to bring you down again.