How to be a Resilient Leader in Stressful Times
In this video you will learn from experienced leaders as they share their stories on how to remain resilient in stressful times.
Our leaders in this video share the following thoughts on what it means to remain resilient in tough or stressful times:
Create the right environment for your team. Set you and your team up for success by ensuring you are aware of current and future constraints. Involve your team in creating the right environment - it's almost a given that they will be seeing things that you don't or can't!
Be authentic! Stay true to yourself, and who you are...don't pretend to be someone you're not. (See the topic "How to be an Eclectic Leader" for more information on this). The minute you say or do something that is in conflict with your values and what you think, you automatically create stress (cognitive dissonance) . This can be constructive stress when you are stretching yourself (eg; learning a new skill or way of thinking); but when you are standing in front of your team or an employee saying something that you don't really believe...they will know it straight away!
Look after yourself! This is a no brainer, but one we often neglect. How can we be expected to remain resilient if we aren't looking after our own mental or physical well-being? If we are experiencing physical stress, say from a consistently sore back, then our tolerance levels will already be slightly eroded. Or if we are constantly worried about events that we can't control, or stressful situations outside of work, then it makes sense that when we encounter situations at work that would be considered 'normal' stressful occurrences, they are immediately magnified and perceived as bigger than they really are, simply because we are viewing them through the existing stressors that we are carrying around with us. So...look after yourself. See a counsellor to help work with the emotional and mental stressors. Put yourself first and see a medical or health professional to work with physical issues and if need be, work with a coach to support you through professional challenges at work!
Go north! Be courageous and take a due north position, knowing that you won't always get it right...but being prepared to take an agile approach to the journey.
What are the techniques or approaches that stood out most for you with how to be resilient?