Leadership: Building resilience and new leadership resolutions for 2017
As leaders and managers navigating through what can appear to be a chaotic world, we need to ensure we have the capacity to remain strong, aware, effective and flexible during times of change, pressure and ambiguity. And as the new year fast approaches – are you prepared to create new leadership resolutions in order to do things differently, and more effectively?
Resilience is one of the most important psychological skills a person can have as it enables us to handle stress and anxiety more effectively. Interestingly though a third of people have almost no resilience. Leaders who lack resilience find that leading individuals and teams through challenges a daunting prospect (challenges which can include the political landscape, information overload, blurring of traditional organisational boundaries, introduction of new technologies, different expectations and values of new generations entering the workplace). If you can manage change without going into crisis mode, or immediately trying again after a big mistake – you’ve got resilience.
Increasing our resilience, adaptability and agility will help to ensure that the capabilities we have are effective and fit for purpose to enable us to not only continue to survive in the Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) environment but to remain highly performing as leaders in order to better guide individuals and teams.
It is important to learn from our mistakes and to set defined leadership resolutions for improvement. On surviving mistakes, Mark Zuckerberg famously quoted: “Moving fast enables us to build more things and learn faster. However, as most companies grow, they slow down too much because they’re more afraid of making mistakes than they are of losing opportunities by moving too slowly. We have a saying: “Move fast and break things.” The idea is that if you never break anything, you’re probably not moving fast enough.”
So how do you bounce back after making mistakes? Resolve to build your resilience…
Those leaders who are resilient who manage themselves, individuals and teams, well through difficult times or respond productively to unexpected changes in their lives or tasks, remain effective during change and uncertainty. Having resilience allows people to go beyond survival and actually thrive in complex and difficult working environments.
An important resolution to stick to as a leader in the coming year is to help employees by modelling change-readiness and openness and encouraging employees to suggest areas for improvement. Leaders can show employees how to admit mistakes, make a change, and then try again.
The strength is in the knowledge that our future landscapes are ever changing and you need to be willing to take action, adapt and increase your resilience to continue to successfully navigate the VUCA world. It is then self-fulfilling – the more you understand and inform yourself, the more resilient you tend to be when faced with difficult situations.
As a leader what will your new year leadership resolution be? We would be delighted to hear your thoughts so please leave your comment in the box below.