Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity. It’s what allows you to recover from change or hardship, whether in the workplace or life in general. With the SBM role being so demanding – and with a work/life balance hard to find – being as resilient as possible has never been more important
CREDIT: edited version first seen on the Centre for Creative Leadership website
As a leader, you can change your views, habits and responses by modifying your thoughts and actions. This can help broaden your outlook and help you become more adaptable to change.
To become more resilient, focus on these eight areas:
- Accept change. Find ways to become more comfortable with change. Change is a constant and inevitable part of the SBM role and you can only be successful if you accept it rather than resist it.
- Learn continuously. Learn new skills, gain new understandings and apply these during times of change. Don’t hold onto old behaviours and skills, especially when it’s obvious that they don’t work anymore.
- Take charge. Embrace self-empowerment. Take charge of your own career and development. Don’t expect someone else to guide the way.
- Define purpose. Develop a ‘personal why’ that gives your work meaning or helps you put it into a larger context. A clear sense of purpose helps you to assess setbacks within the framework of a broader perspective.
- Create balance. Form your identity apart from your job. A job is just one facet of your identity, and a career is just one aspect of your life. Separate who you are from what you do. Establish a work/life balance.
- Cultivate relationships. Develop and nurture a broad network of personal and professional relationships. Personal relationships create a strong base of support – a critical element in achieving goals, dealing with hardships and developing perspective.
- Reflect. Whether you’re celebrating success or enduring hardship, make time to reflect. Reflection fosters learning, new perspectives and a degree of self-awareness that can enhance your resiliency.
- Reframe skills. Question (and even change) your definition of yourself or your career. Reframe how you see your skills, talents and interests. By casting your skills in a new light, you can see how they might shift into new patterns of work and behaviour.