As leaders we often have a plan, a vision, a goal that is front and center and a huge focus of where we want to go (both as a leader, but more importantly as a whole). What happens when things don't go as planned? It is often hard to face the unplanned, unexpected situations that arise and knock us off course. And yet it is a huge part of life and the development as leaders to learn to face adversity or challenges. So how can you remain resilient when those unplanned situations arise?
-Be optimistic - while it is hard to deal with setbacks, having an optimistic mindset can help a leader focus on finding opportunities in the challenge and look forward past the current adversity.
-A strong sense of awareness and centeredness - be aware of how you are thinking and feeling during times of adversity. By being aware you can then focus on how to shift unhealthy thoughts or behaviors that you are exhibiting during the difficult times.
-Have a strong support system - lean into your network of colleagues, friends, and family who can support you through this uncertainty. Having people to talk to and lean on can help you sort through how to handle things and get a new perspective.
-Have strong problem solving skills - once you identify a challenge, focus on how you can solve the dilemma at hand. Being adaptable and finding new ways of handling situations can lift up your spirits.
How resilient are you as a leader? What can you do to enhance your resilience skills?
Monica Thakrar has over 18 years experience in business focused mainly on strategy, change management, leadership development, training and coaching resulting in successful implementations of large scale transformation programs.