Friday, October 7, 2016

Personal Traits of Resilient Leaders

Have you ever noticed how resilient leaders continually deliver results?  We believe that all resilient individuals possess strong personal leadership competencies that allow them to successfully adapt to change and bounce back from adversity.  

Leadership is a key competency of all resilient employees.  It is important to remember that great leaders do not always have to hold a position of authority.  Sometimes, it is their personal leadership characteristics that are clearly evident.  These characteristics can be learned.

Five Characteristics of Resilient Leaders:

1. Stay Positive
Learning to stay positive is actually a simple decision to make.  It is often non-verbal communication that inspires rather than the words themselves.  You must have the confidence to believe in what you are proposing and make that evident to all those around you.

2. Stay Focused
The resilient individual knows what he/she wants and is committed to that focus.  This focus allows us to cut through the baggage that can distract from reaching our goals.

3. Stay Flexible
Seek solutions rather than complain or blame.  Suggest a positive action to take even if you are tempted to give up.  Persistence is crucial.   Draw on internal and external resources available.  Keep in mind that other individuals hold the answers, so listening skills are important.

4. Stay Organized
The resilient individual uses structured approaches to managing ambiguity.  Break situations into manageable pieces, then plan and take action.

5. Take Initiative
Change is a natural part of life.  The resilient leader takes the initiative and responsibility for actions.  It is persistence that delivers results.

Until next time...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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