Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Resilient Mindset

Leaders need to be tough, and they have such traits as resilience. 

Resilience refers to a personal attribute which enables one to press on and persevere despite difficult circumstances. Remember resilient people feel hurt and pain - they have disappointments, they sense failure... they just don't let the negative experience restrict them or scare them away. What do you think? Is resilience about bouncing back or bouncing forward?


Resiliency: Bouncing forward- includes bouncing back. The thinking skill of "putting things in perspective” can support the person to bounce back from disappointments and thus will provide the bigger picture for the person to move on from any kind of adverse situations? Resilience is another ingredient of a motivational component of the executive function. Practical reason operates within a dynamic domain characterized by uncertainty and variability; within the shifting landscape of human affairs, tragedy and misfortune or an economic crisis, to name a few, nevertheless, individuals have been able to bounce back from these difficult experiences. This is because such individuals possess resilience. 

Resilience is a property of an elastic component of a person. This indicates the person can undergo high dynamic stress and yet he/she is able to recover smoothly to he/her original situation without much degradation of him/herself. In short, we call this person a tough person in all predicaments. It's about a "system" (person, organization, whatever) being able to maintain its recognizable essential characteristics in the face of "disruption" - that could look like "bouncing back" or it could look like "growing around" obstacles. But a tree is still recognizably a tree even if it's all crooked to get adequate light or soil and we can be recognizably "us" even if we adapt to a difficult situation.

Resilience is about B.O.U.N.C.E. It’s about regaining one's footing which could be bouncing back, forwards or restructuring your life integrating the change in some way that works. Part of the issue of resiliency is how significant the adverse situation is to the person. It could be a relatively minor event or it could be something that turns their life up-side-down. Those events can fragment their life. The ability to respond to these events  are impacted by many things such as how they cope with loss, their history with the loss, their support systems, their ability to "understand" what has happened, their faith, etc.


Resiliency - bouncing back and forward is what one sees in a person. Modern leaders must have a resilient mindset in order to adapt to the continuous digital disruption either in career or personal life. The person lives in a grounded and centered place, being flexible and adaptable in the midst of adversity, threat and stress. It's the ability to respond to change, to recover quickly from setbacks, as well as the capacity to respond to the unexpected in a way that increases gain and/or minimizes loss. Of course, it's also about being able to keep working and focusing, even during stress and disturbances, rather than reacting to stressful situations. It presents the true character of leader and the high quality of leadership. 

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