What does it mean to be resilient?
Developing resilience is about being able to handle daily challenges and setbacks, and being able to find strength in times of hardship. You might think that you have a fixed amount of resilience, but in fact it's something you can build and develop. Your ability to deal with things that challenge you isn't fixed or static. You can actually increase your levels of resilience so that when something happens that frustrates, angers, stresses, upsets or disturbs you, you can adjust, recover and bounce back more quickly than you otherwise might have.
Working on low levels of resilience is a bit like when your car's fuel tank gets close to empty. Your car starts to spit and splutter, and seems like it might even conk out altogether. It can feel like that when things start to become overwhelming and escalate to a level where you feel you can no longer cope. Building your resilience is about making sure you never get close to having an empty tank. Instead, you've always got a fuel canister in the boot to call on when you need it. It's about having reserves that enable you to keep persevering during tough times, to keep you firing on all cylinders.
Nurturing Resilient Leaders
Leaders face tough challenges on a daily basis, but don't always take time out to think about themselves or how they're coping. It can often be team first, when in fact they need to focus more on themselves more of the time...
Practical ways to boost your team's resilience
As a leader, you have a significant influence on the way your team deal with daily challenges. The environment you create and the example you set to your teams when dealing with your own challenges can have an impact on how they deal with their own issues. If you stay calm under pressure, chances are, they will too.
An ideal work environment most people work well in is one where people feel they have control, support and flexibility.
You could have a team meeting and brainstorm ideas together for how you can create this kind of workplace. Don't worry if weird and wonderful ideas start to come out! Let the creativity flow and see what great ideas flow....
Here are a few to get you started:
- Set boundaries around working hours including time of day for sending emails (not in the evening?)
- Encouragement to take regular breaks
- Respecting time off and holidays- not getting in contact unless absolutely urgent
- Showing genuine and open recognition to each other
- Building a support network with go to people who can help as and when it's needed
There are lots of actions you can take to set a good example. Remember, what you do and how you do your work matters, so if you're sending your team emails at 11pm at night, what's the hidden message that sends to your team?
Need help in combatting stress and building resilience?
Pursuit can deliver training workshops that help you combat stress and develop greater resilience. If you would like training for your teams that cover well being, self-care and mindfulness, we can help you and your teams learn how to:
- Identify the signs of excessive stress
- Manage and reduce your own stress and anxiety
- Become more resilient to stress
- Become better equipped to manage and reduce stress within your team
Research shows that there are many benefits of training staff around dealing with stress which include reduced sickness levels, improved concentration, decision making and productivity levels, increased confidence in providing effective strategies to combat and manage stress within the workplace, improved personal relationships, internal communication and better team work.
Developing Resilience Workshop
For more information on our Developing Resilience workshop, just get in touch for prices and details!