In the article “What Resilience Means, and Why It Matters,” Andrea Ovans describes resiliency as “the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change, and keep going in the face of adversity.” Resiliency is an essential component of dynamic leadership and critical for promoting a team’s well-being and performance and preventing burnout. The more challenging the environment, the more crucial it is — and our current work/life environment is more challenging than ever before.
In addition to continuous organizational change, increased demands with fewer resources, and the impact of current societal issues, all the previous constructs separating work and home collapsed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Time, space and relationship boundaries became blurred. Now, managing a remote team is expected, even for those who never signed up for it. Challenge has replaced normalcy as the status quo. You’re not alone if you feel your resiliency could use some bolstering.
Resiliency is a continuous journey, not a destination.
No formula can be universally applied to produce resilience within every individual, but here are five practices that will help. These practices function best when used in tandem because as they are all interconnected, but putting even one or two of these into practice will put you on the road toward resiliency. You may already be employing some of them to some degree, but it’s time to double-down.
"Good listening comes down to doing three things: Not talking when others are speaking; letting others know you’re listening through facial expressions and verbal sounds (“Mmm-hmm”); and being able to repeat what others have said, practically word-for-word."- Harvard Business Review, What Great Listeners Actually Do
"Managers and supervisors who feel grateful and remember to convey the same have a stronger group cohesiveness and better productivity."- PositivePsychology.com
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Emphasizing these five practices personally and in relation to others on a daily basis is essential for both individual and team resilience. LMI understands the challenges faced in virtually managing others and maintaining resiliency in the midst of unknown and constant change. We offer one-on-one coaching to help build on these five principle cornerstones every leader needs to observe, reflect on, and address within themselves to thrive within these challenging times. We can also help support the same cornerstones teams need to achieve their best. We tailor training to advance learning and enhance the most critical skills necessary to deepen understanding of one another, create agreements, develop precise goals, and propel performance. For more information on how we can help you and your team with the five practices, contact us today.