Five Guiding Principles Of Resilience
Life is tough and the manager’s job can be extra tough!
Being successful means being able to ride out your problems and issues and developing strands of strong, personal Resilience. Being Resilient will get you through difficult times, allow you to reflect on the past and harness your learning, in difficult times, to help you solve problems and deal with crises.
Adversity should never be a really scary issue if you have the right Resilience skills.
Five Guiding Principles of Resilience are outlined below:.
1. Mental toughness
This is all about confidence and conviction: finding strength from the position we hold and the resources we have at our disposal. This will give us a clear focus upon achieving that goal or delivering that Key Performance Indicator (KPI). This is not about being aggressive or intimidating to those around you, it is about being clear where you are going and what you want to achieve. Handle your fear and uncertainty and stand by your convictions and decisions.
2. Physical strength
There is a definite need to have reserves of physical strength to get through challenges: this focuses upon having a routine that nourishes you and gives you the energy to plough on with dealing with problems and issues. Taking regular breaks is a key tool to use here, having a regular and planned programme of work and making sure that tasks are spaced out in terms of time so that they all get systematic attention. Management success is definitely a marathon and not a sprint!
3. Emotional balance
Being able to keep calm, have a clear out look and to be able to focus upon the real issues are essentials here. It is essential to monitor how you are feeling and to link this to how you communicate in difficult times: weak emotional management means that the way you present and interact with others is not as professional, or effective, as you would want it to be. Being impulsive will always mean that you have lost your self control.
4. Social awareness
Having a balanced self-view is essential in any management role. Having negative thoughts, however natural this might be, will inevitably limit our effectiveness and will have an impact upon our social presence. Criticism comes with the job and it is essential to remind ourselves that the job is about delivering organisational objectives and not making people happy. Using facts, figures and acting in an unbiased and clear manner is absolutely essential.
5. Celebrating positive self-worth
You must have a sense that your job is meaningful and that it brings you some satisfaction. To not have this brings in self doubt that your decisions are not as good as they might be, that your targets are too much of a stretch to achieve and that self development will not happen.
All of the principles above contribute to ongoing self-improvement because managers are never the finished product.
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