What is Resilience?
At LifeForward we have been looking at resilience … what is it and can we improve it – and, if so, how can we improve it? We have had a lot of interest from clients on this topic as leaders and teams alike are feeling the strain of continued restrictions and uncertainty around COVID.
So, what is resilience? In broad terms, it is the ability to bounce back after a crisis; the ability to pick oneself up and be hopeful about the future, even when current circumstances are difficult.
Perhaps there is also an element of “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”.
This leads us to the next question: is resilience something we are born with? Is it genetic? Or is it a skill to be learnt, something that we develop as we grow? There seems to be enough evidence to support the idea that resilience can be developed, albeit that we all have differing levels of innate resilience as our starting point.
At LifeForward, we help clients build resilience through coaching and workshops.
Resilience Coaching and Workshops
Insights® has come up with a model of resilience with eight “resilience factors” – see below. It’s a very practical model and one we love working with as it fits well with our coaching mindset at LifeForward.
Leaders can explore the impact of stress on performance and behaviour, both positive and negative, and develop their own awareness of causes of stress.
Through personal reflection leaders consider the differences impacting personal resilience within the context of colour energy preferences; they identify their personal resilience resources and drains and begin to build a personal resilience strategy.
Why work with Resilience?
Understanding resilience and stress management gives leaders tools and resources to to focus the mind.
Letting go of negative thought patterns and energy-draining reactions, leaders consider how to channel their energy and what falls within their circle of influence/circle of concern.
By taking charge, leaders learn to move from ‘reacting’ to ‘responding’, giving them a greater degree of self-control over their reactions and decisions.