What Resilience Looks Like

Let’s test the following model:

Mentioned in an earlier post, the foundation of leadership is results. So, resilient leaders produce results, but how?

Positive behaviours are: action, analysis, alignment, anticipation
Taking action begins the process toward acheivement. As we act, we must also be willing to receive feedback about our progress. Then we must be willing to make alignments based on feedback, and utlimately, we need to anticipate when our current strategy will no longer be effective and anticipate change.

However, we may experience any one of the following negative behaviours which I suggest is a “symptom of non-resilience”:refusal to attempt, refusal to acknowledge, refusal to adjust, refusal to adapt
Typically, we engage in these behaviours when any of the following factors are present: fear, inexperience, mistrust, close mindedness, hubris of success, and/or apathy.

In order to “combat” the symptoms of non-resilience, when looking to measure resilience we ought to be watching for active behaviours and they are as follows: courage, counsel, clarity, and coaching

Courage fights fear and promotes steps of action. Counsel from people we trust or seek out to help uncover brutal facts will help determine if our action is making helpful progress. Clarity in alignment means specifity. We fail to align when we fail to focus. Finally, coaching leads to us discover things we may not be seeing which leads to acknowledging our strategy has blindspots. Therefore, the circle repeats and coming away from coaching we are meant to take a step of action.

Evaluate yourself: #1 behaviours = effective. #2 behaviors = ineffective. #3 behaviours = resilient. Aim for #1, avoid #2, practice #3, and be aware that resilient behaviours are helping you overcome something. This may mean you need to address something in your environment or relationships in order to sustain effective leadership.

On Measuring Resilience

How do you measure resilience? In our ‘quick-fix’ culture we hope there is just one or two things we can do to help. The challenge, is while ‘resilience’ is a guage we need to monitor, there is no single behaviour that directly influences resilience. Picture the following dashboard:

Physical Health            Resilience                  Mental Health
1 2 3 4 5                     1 2 3 4 5                      1 2 3 4 5

Emotional Health     Relational Health            Spiritual Health
1 2 3 4 5                      1 2 3 4 5                      1 2 3 4 5

When asked “How is your resilience?” we may look directly at resilience like a type of fuel gauge. Certainly ‘energy’ is an influentional factor, but not the only. Further, you can probably attest, simply because you had a really great ‘day off’ doesn’t mean that your resilience level is high.

We need to tend all of the guages in order to influence our resilience gauage. Having high resilience is a by-product of being healthy in all the other spheres.

In this light then, what our resilience gauge measures two things: 1) Are you where you need to be? Namely, are you working when you’re working, parenting when you’re parenting, and resting when you’re resting. 2) Secondly, Are you headed where you need to be headed? Are you able to handle distractions or ‘urgent’ items without derailment?

Consider an airplane. There are all kinds of influences during flight. If you’re on the ground when you’re supposed to be in the air, or vica versa, there’s an issue. Further, if we’re not on the flightpath that we will lead us to our destination, we have another significant issue. Resilience is about both being where you need to be and heading towards the destination you’re attempting to reach.

Happy flying.