The Importance and Benefits of Resilient Leader Behaviours

11th July 2024 / Russell Harvey / No Comments  

As a reminder, my definition of Resilience is “Springing Forward with Learning”. 

To achieve this, we need to pause, re-energise and reflect. When Leaders are role modeling being a Resilient Leader, then some of their reflections will be about their behaviours. 

Please remember that behaviours are observable actions… what we (or others) actually do (or don’t do). 

For example: 

  • Asking Open questions 
  • Telling people what to do  
  • Going to the gym and working out/staying at home and watching TV 
  • Communicating the “why” of a Strategy 
  • Allocating time in your diary for reflection – and then actually reflecting! 

Behaviours are not: 

  • Intentions 
  • Hopes 
  • Thoughts 
  • Plans 
  • Outcomes 

So, what behaviours do Resilient Leaders display? 

  • Energy & enthusiasm – they recognise that these, in turn, bring out the best in people in terms of motivation and production. Conversely, a lack of energy and enthusiasm will impact on others; 
  • Continuous improvement – practice never leads to improvement without a strong desire to improve and achieve; be mindful that “practice makes permanent”, therefore, what do you want that permanence to be? 
  • Taking on challenging goals – this will inspire others to do the same; 
  • Willingness to go above and beyond – an extremely valuable trait; 
  • Inspiring others – there’s no doubt about the importance of taking the initiative yourself, but the ability to inspire others will lead to great results; 
  • Challenging the status quo – we all take the easy option of continuing standard processes and procedures, but it takes courage to speak up and change and improve them; 
  • Seeking feedback – people who routinely ask for feedback are courageous, and research demonstrates they’re more effective. Their effectiveness is multiplied by their willingness to act on the feedback; 
  • Acting as a role model – when someone acts as a role model, they take charge and ‘walk the talk.’ 
  • Recognising change – anyone acknowledging what needs to be changed, and developing an improvement plan, will make a major difference within their organisation. 

As a result, and a consequence of these behaviours there are a number of benefits: 

Enhanced stress management 

Resilient behaviours improve your ability to manage stress effectively. You’ll see stressful situations as temporary and manageable – preventing chronic stress and its adverse health effects. 

Improved emotional wellbeing 

Resilient behaviours are the cornerstone of emotional wellbeing. They help you recognise and regulate emotions – promoting healthier emotional responses to challenges. 

If you practice mental resilience, you’ll maintain balance and stability in your emotional state – even in the face of hardship. 

Greater problem-solving skills 

One of the key benefits of resilient behaviours is their enhancement of problem-solving skills. 

They encourage a solutions-oriented mindset – enabling you to find innovative solutions in challenging situations. This approach helps you manage immediate crises and better prepares you to face future challenges and hurdles. 

Increased self-esteem 

Resilient behaviours are intrinsically linked to self-esteem.  

When you demonstrate resilience, you cultivate a belief in your ability to cope with adversity and foster a healthy sense of self-worth. In turn, this bolsters your self-esteem and leaves you feeling more competent and confident. 

Improved relationships 

Resilient individuals can often maintain perspective, practice empathy, and communicate effectively even when faced with challenges. 

These attributes help develop healthier and more meaningful relationships. 

How many of these benefits are you already experiencing from what you are currently role modelling as a Resilient Leader and how many more would you like to achieve? 

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