Resilience is defined in the Webster’s Dictionary as, “the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens.” In business, we can see the tremendous application resilience has on an organization’s ability to overcome disruptions or changes in order to remain focused and productive.
I’ll go a step further by adding that resilience is key to the happiness and success of the individuals within an organization. More than education, more than experience, more than training, resilience determines if your employees will succeed at work and in life. Regardless of your specific role, chances are you’re facing demands and pressures that impact your ability to perform at your highest potential.
Resilience is the key to your ability to overcome workplace challenges. There are certain characteristics that all resilient people have in common:
Ability to control their response
Resilient people are proactive vs. reactive in nature with the ability to control egotistical expression and desire to be “right” and make others wrong. Instead of reacting to a person or situation, resilient people pause to consider their emotions, remain calm and choose to respond productively and optimistically.
Proficiency at managing time and energy
There can be a tendency to get caught up in the swirl of day-to-day demands, diminishing our capacity to envision what’s next. Resilient people are able to free themselves from the present, listen for the future, banish distractions, and take control of their work environment and make “thinking” time a priority.
Deftness at consistent authenticity
Authenticity begins with self-awareness and resilient people know who they are — their values, emotions, competencies and how they’re perceived by others. In Be Yourself, but Carefully by Lisa Rosh in the Harvard Business Review, she says, “To be authentic is to be genuine. True authenticity doesn’t require you to tell others who you are and what you value, because they are able to see what you value from the way you lead, the way you treat others.” Resilient people don’t need to work at this, they are this.
Finesse at maintaining meaningful connectedness
Resilient people are particularly good at having healthy relationships at work, home, and in the community. These positive relationships result in their positive physical, mental, and emotional health and help them mitigate stress and promote longevity. With connection comes higher engagement and so you will see these people more readily contributing their time and talents to have a meaningful impact in the organization while building trust and respect with people around them.
Lastly, resilient people have an insatiable appetite for excellence. They are determined to do their best and be their best every day. They don’t allow set-backs to keep them down and they see obstacles as opportunities. There is something truly inspiring about a resilient person’s ability to pick themselves up and push forward no matter what.
Resilience is more than survival. It’s your ability to navigate the uncertainty and ambiguity, while remaining true to closely held values. Resilient people and companies do not only rebound from challenging circumstances; they seek out meaningful ways to learn from those experiences and build capacity for the future.
While the concept of resilience is complex and subject to varied interpretations, it is perhaps one of the greatest attributes of successful people.
How resilient are you? Are you ready to find out?