Good Leaders are Resilient

“A resilient leader is a person who sees failures as temporary setbacks they can recover from quickly. They maintain a positive attitude and a strong sense of opportunity during periods of turbulence. When faced with ambiguity, a resilient leader finds ways to move forward and avoids getting stuck.” – Joe FolkmanAs you may have read in a previous post I am a fan of Zenger and Folkman. Joe Folkman had an article featured in Forbes; this is my take on it.

In the L&D world “it happens” is the phrase that Folkman is referring to in the paragraph above. You know what…“IT” really does happen! And, if you let “IT” get to you, “STUFF” happens. As a 40-something it took me a while to realize this. Personally and professionally I used to let “IT” get to me, and my “STUFF” was everything from stress to lost sleep, strained relationships to grudges, etc. I won’t say I am never stressed, that I don’t lose sleep, etc. But, I am a heck of a lot better at it than I was a year ago. And, I am a better boss, a better colleague, a better spouse, and a better friend for it.

So how can you build resiliency? Here are some tips from Folkman:

Communicate Powerfully: Let others know your intentions. Help others understand a new strategy or direction. Communicate changes, expectations, etc.

Be Coachable: Be open to feedback, and ask others for feedback. Once feedback is given, make a real effort to improve. Also, be humble!

Build Positive/Trusting Relationships: Build relationships so you can bring others along. Be open to differences so you can build positive relationships.

Be a Bold Risk Taker: Take bold risks and try new ideas, reasonable ones of course. Don’t get stuck in a rut!

Develop Others: Be interested in your own development, and help others development. Learn from mistakes and help others learn from theirs.

Champion Change: Be willing to change, and help others embrace change.

Be Decisive: Even though you may not have all the data or understands all eventualities, you still need to make a decision. And, if it turns out it was the wrong decision, be quick to make a different decision and move in another direction.

I am passionate about all of these topics, let’s talk!

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