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The Resilient Leader


Resilience is one of the keywords of 2016 with so many experts in the field of Occupational Psychology talking about the importance of the theme. A company’s ability to be able to adapt itself to the influences of internal and external pressures are more vital than ever before. Of course the role of the leader in any organisation plays an important part in setting the tone of organisational mind-sets and one’s ability to be resilient in times of change is vital for the future direction of the business.

Professional Insights

At Psyence we’ve recently seen some first-hand demonstrations of the importance of adapting to the world around you in business. At our recent ‘Discovering Resilience’ event Hazel Wheldon of Multi-Health Systems spoke extensively of the changing workplace and the impact of technology. As the next generation of the workforce becomes more prolific communication is just one example of change. Will messenger tools soon replace email as we know it? Are the motivations of new graduates, with a work to live ethos, changing the office dynamic.? On both counts the answer is most certainly yes. As leaders of organisations is resistance to such changes futile?

Types of Challenge

Changes in technology, economic pressures such as the risks associated to Brexit, the changing demands of customers and many other factors are just some of the things that apply challenges to the business. The resilient leader has the ability to bounce back when challenges like these impact the organisation.

What is a resilient leader?

Resilient leaders see the big picture. They are aware of what is on the horizon and create strategies that will meet the challenges head on. That said, plans that are laid down may often be flexible to adapt to the uncertainty of the current climate. Their ability to change direction when required is vital in a modern commercial environment.
Communication is also a common factor for the resilient leader. Understanding that social relationships and the support of a board of directors is vital in a changing environment is key. Furthermore, the ability to keep the workforce informed effectively will help the resilient leader to achieve corporate goals.

4 tips for improving resilience

Be Proactive – For many the threat of change can lead to paralysis. When change is on the horizon, attacking the issues head on as opposed to ignoring them and hoping they will fade away is vital. Understand that change requires action.
Build a Strong Support Network – They say that a problem shared is a problem halved. By building a team of trusted advisors and having a network around you of individuals you can listen to in times of need, it will help to become more resilient in times of challenge.
Keep Healthy – The benefits of good physical health mustn’t be underestimated in times of tough mental rigour. Physical activity, balanced diet and adequate amounts of sleep are important to making sure that your decision making capabilities remain at their optimum levels.
Maintain a Positive Outlook – Resilient leaders understand that turning negative problems into challenges and keeping a positive outlook is vital. Remember that problems will come and go, and tomorrow the challenges will be different.

Resilience is a key attribute for modern leadership. If you want to discuss how Psyence can help your leaders be more resilient .