Hi Paul- I've been blessed to be mentored and work under some AMAZING empowering and inspiring leaders-the one thing they all had in common was having faith and trust in their team, no matter what the employee's title. Treat people fairly, respect their right to an opinion (how many leaders only listen to themselves?), and encourage their team to reach and explore tasks beyond their job description. Empowering and encouraging your team to learn to work (and play) as a team..taking a page from basketball...at the end of the day, it's not about who scored the most points, it's the COLLECTIVE effort from the team. If the team scores big, it's a win for everyone. As a leader, you must be resilient in how you approach and resolve problems not only within the company, but for your brand. 100% transparency with your team gains respect, and your people will go to the ends of the earth for you. Treat them badly, and you'll have soldiers who wish they were somewhere else. Leadership is about LEADING by example...hope this helps..best-g
passion & 160% belief in himself his people and the mission of the company is what makes a leader resilient
I would recommend the book "Antifragile: Things that gain from disorder" by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Taleb asserts that resilience is only the process of coming back to the original state of being. It doesn't show an improvement in the experiencing body.
In leadership, the goal is to become "antifragile" and gain strength through your experience, transcending mere resilience.
Very interesting stuff.
Purpose is a reason for being, an inherent sense of identity and worth that is not conditioned on the fickleness of others or performance. Purpose is a matter of the heart. The French word coeur means heart and is the root of courage. When we "take heart' we go to our courage and that comes forth as resilience.
A resilient leader is a positive motivating personality that treats every adversity as an opportunity.
Try Authentic Leadership - Vast body of knowledge there. I also like transformational and situational leadership. Let me know if I can help.
Resilience is something that is studied GREATLY in psychology, specifically with some of the saddest cases of children neglect and abuse. Read about the "wild child", Helen Keller, and Genie.
I turn to the dictionary (google) for two great definitions:
1. The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity
2. The capacity to recovery quickly from difficulties;toughness.
When it comes to business the ability to "spring back" into shape is a difficult idea to comprehend, because the question is what shape should the leader be in? However, it is important to show elasticity.
One day the leader must be an entrepreneur pushing the envelope, one day they must be a technician working on the product, one day they must be a manager- supervising and delineating responsibility. Michael Gerber lectures that on the toughest of days, they have to be all three. But the important thing is that the leader has the ability to be all three or ask for help in the other categories.
The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties is also an interesting idea to apply to business leaders. Quickly is a relative term. Some leaders are obsessive over every little detail, others are more laizzes faire.
I have to reference Machiavelli/Tupac as well as other philosophers. Some leaders like to be loved, some leaders like to be feared. A real leader should find a balance between the two. You don't want your employees to fear you, you want your employees to respect you and trust you.
The important aspect is that leaders are resilient and tough. They know how to separate business and pleasure. They know when to be serious, they know when to be light-hearted.
Great question, looking forward to more responses...