Community//

The Case For Building Resilience Through Conscious Leadership

There can be no doubt, resilience is on the tip of everyone’s tongues these days.  Resilience for students; CEO’s; athletes; new parents.  The category doesn’t matter – the desire to meet a ‘resilient state’ is high. Resilience is not a new concept.  Over the years it has gone through various transitions with a noticeable shift […]

There can be no doubt, resilience is on the tip of everyone’s tongues these days.  Resilience for students; CEO’s; athletes; new parents.  The category doesn’t matter – the desire to meet a ‘resilient state’ is high.

Resilience is not a new concept.  Over the years it has gone through various transitions with a noticeable shift in focus from internal to external influences.  However, one certainty remains.  Resilience is a process.

So, what does resilience actually mean?  Some researchers call it a ‘construct with two distinct dimensions: significant adversity and positive adaptation’ (Luthar SS. Resilience in development: A synthesis of research across five decades. Developmental Psychopathology: Risk, Disorder, and Adaptation. New York: Wiley; 2006).  This view requires the presence of substantial risk or adversity as the differentiating factor resulting in the ability to positively adapt in the face of adversity. 

As Conscious Leaders this is no foreign concept.  The skills required to adapt, persevere, problem solve and refrain from reacting as we face great risks and challenges are all in a day’s work.  So how can the attributes of the Conscious Leader support our quest for resilience?

The 3 Core Attributes We Must Work On

1.            Self-Love

Love, as we all know, is a powerful force.  When we act from a place of love, we can create greatness.  But loving others cannot really take place unless we learn to love ourselves.  Self-love is so intricately tied in with our self-worth, our self-confidence and our self-esteem.  All crucial elements allowing us to accept ourselves, be clear about who we are and what we stand for, understand our own limits and set our boundaries.  Self-love is character building, harmonious and optimistic.  It instils peace as it allows us to focus on our purpose.  We all have something to say and that something matters as we view ourselves in a positive light.

2.            Emotional Intelligence

Recognising, understanding and accepting our emotions is at the heart of our emotional intelligence.  When we increase our compassion and empathy for ourselves and others, our world takes on a different view.  Things don’t seem so impending and serious when we realise that we are not alone.  An expansive view allows us to see the bigger picture which in turn helps us to feel more in control, calmer and a part of the oneness of everything.  We are then in a better position to respond as we wish and not simply react to things that occur to us and around us.  We can better manage impulses and regulate our stress.

3.            Self-Awareness

Awareness of both our inner and outer worlds is arguably one of the most important skills we can master.  There is hardly a need any more to list the benefits of achieving this through meditation – the scientific research is mounting, and the results are clear.  Practicing meditation is a game changer.  Proven to improve our health, happiness, social life, self-control, productivity and increase our brain’s grey matter, meditation gives us perspective and keeps us authentic. (Emma Seppala PhD, Scientific Reasons To Start Meditating Today, Psychology Today, 2013).  An increased ability to be self-aware does wonders for our resilience training.  Being mindful of our well-being, our feelings, our experiences, our beliefs and our response to change, allows us to transition slowly into a managed and purposeful state of mind.

Resilience takes effort.  It is a combination of personal development, discipline and courage.  It requires a holistic approach to all that we do and the support network of whatever ‘tribe’ we choose to belong to.

Conscious Leadership can get us there and offers us so much more along the way.  The tools are available to us – the question is, are we brave enough to use them?

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres. We publish pieces written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Learn more or join us as a community member!
Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

Community//

Defining Resilience: The Antidote to burnout

by Ben Saravia
Community//

Leveraging Emotional Resilience for Success

by Martina Witter

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- MARCUS AURELIUS

We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.