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.
As a leader, you can change your views, habits, and responses by modifying your thoughts and actions, which will help broaden your outlook and become more adaptable to change.
To become more resilient, focus on these 8 areas:
1. Accept Change. Find ways to become more comfortable with change. Change is constant and inevitable, and you can only be successful if you accept it rather than resist it.
2. Learn Continuously. Learn new skills, gain new understandings, and apply them during times of change. Don’t hold onto old behaviors and skills, especially when it’s obvious that they don’t work anymore.
3. Take Charge. Embrace self-empowerment. Take charge of your own career and development. Don’t expect someone else to guide the way.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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 behavior.