The pace that you set as a leader and the performance standards you demonstrate are key to driving excellence within your organization, especially when you are leading a new company. An astounding 80 percent of all new businesses fail in the first five years, and after that only 20 percent of the remaining businesses will thrive. Being one of the few prosperous new businesses requires resilience among its leadership: the ability to quickly recover from adversity, whatever it may be. Of course, this doesn’t imply that you are unaffected by challenges, but it may mean that those challenges have less impact on your tasks at hand.
Are people born with resilience? No. Resilience is something that is developed over time by practicing healthy responses to challenging circumstances. You develop resilience by choosing to navigate toward resources that sustain your well being, and when you can thrive and achieve a positive outcome for your team despite adverse conditions, you’ve developed resilience in your role as a leader.
How do you know if you’ve developed your skills as a resilient leader?
- Are you persistent, pursuing goals despite obstacles?
- Do you handle rejection well, listening to criticism from others with objectivity?
- Do you take initiative to use resources that help you achieve your goals?
- Do you employ problem-solving skills to affect change in your organization?
- Are you flexible, choosing when to adapt when necessary?
- Are you personally accountable for managing your attitudes and decisions?
If you’re not sure, or your answer to any of these questions is “no,” working with a trained coach can help you develop your own skills in resiliency. Or, if you manage a team of leaders, do you fully understand each leader’s level of resilience when it comes to the demands of your company? You can start by taking a free assessment to understand the dimensions TTI measures in a superior performer. Or, for more information, contact your TTI-certified consultant, or call (800) 869-6908.