Why The Top Leadership Skill in 2020 is Resilience

January 2, 2020


Even for the most seasoned leader, 2020 is a year that is sure to come with challenges. From managing year-end stress, to dealing with employee conflict, how leaders react to the challenges they face is one of the biggest indicators of future success.


It’s not enough to simply survive - leaders need to thrive in order to achieve their potential, and that requires an understanding of emotions, how you react to change, and developing your resilience.

Why is resilience so essential in today’s leaders? Keep reading to find out:


What is resilience?

Resilience is defined as the psychological capacity to adapt to stressful circumstances and to bounce back from adversity, and is a highly sought-after skill in the modern workplace.


It defines our capacity to overcome adversity and setbacks head-on and to recover from them in a healthy and timely way. Resilient leaders can stay motivated under pressure, adapt, and even thrive in stressful situations. 


We can measure resilience using the Hardiness Resilience Gauge, which is a result of over 30 years of research and development. 


There are three components that make up a person’s hardiness level:

  1. Challenge: the ability to see change and novelty as an exciting opportunity to grow and learn;

  2. Control: beliefs about our ability to influence outcomes in our lives; and

  3. Commitment: the ability to see most parts of our lives as interesting and meaningful.

We’ll be exploring these components in more detail in a future post, so stay tuned!


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Why is resilience training important for leaders in 2020?


Resilient leaders have the ability to positively influence those around them, and can be a catalyst for positive change in the workplace. Below are just a few reasons why resilience training is essential for leaders in the coming year:


Resilient leaders set the right tone. Those in leadership roles play a big part in influencing workplace culture, and resilient leaders set a good example by demonstrating healthy stress management techniques, and encouraging a healthy work/life balance.


Resilient leaders can embrace change. Our workplaces are constantly changing, which can feel overwhelming for many workers. Leaders who are adaptable, and who are able to embrace change while continuing to make decisions without succumbing to stress and anxiety help create a sense of security among employees.

Resilient leaders create a more productive workforce. Studies have shown that resilient employees experience a greater sense of mental and physical wellbeing as a result of having resilient leaders. This leads employees to take fewer sick days, and helps them be more productive overall.


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The good news is that not only can you understand and enhance your resilience, but you can help your team learn to develop it for themselves as well. 


Contact us and deepen your understanding of your hardiness and resilience level, and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter to get resources like this one delivered to your inbox each month.

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