How being more resilient can help you and your school to succeed
It’s one of the latest ‘business buzz words’ – resilience. Whether you’re a willing convert or view it as a fad for meditating hippies, it’s worth taking another look at resilience and how it can help you and your school to be more successful.
It’s not what happens – it’s how you react
While resilience might be seen as a superhuman quality that we summon in times of life-threatening situations, it’s also an emotional tool that we use regularly in our daily lives.
In simple terms, resilience is a sense of recovery or bouncing back after some form of adversity or change. This could be how we handle a student’s challenging behaviour, or the news of an Ofsted inspection.
When it comes to resilience what’s important is how we react to the adversity or change.
In the world of work we’re constantly facing change. Projects come and go, advances in IT change the way we work and communicate, while disruptive innovation in marketplaces – think Uber’s invasion of the taxi industry – can make the future feel uncertain for individuals and organisations.
Yet, the more resilient an organisation, the better its chances of coping with change and emerging successful.
There are a several elements that make up a resilient organisation, including having resilient leaders who can move forward in the face of adversity and, crucially, take their team along with them.
What makes a resilient leader?
Research by Forbes discovered 7 traits of resilient leaders:
- Communicate powerfully – resilient leaders are good at letting their team and colleagues know their intentions and reasons. They create understanding among their team, which leads to better cooperation.
- Coachable – resilient leaders are open to and often request feedback, which they will use to improve their skills and abilities.
- Build positive relationships – by building trust and being open to differences, resilient leaders build strong positive relationships within their team which in turn provides an environment where change is supported.
- Are risk takers – a willingness to try new things is important in an ever-changing world. Resilient leaders will take risks and try new things to help their organisation move forward.
- Develop others – helping people to learn from their mistakes can lead to greater success. Resilient leaders are more likely to give positive feedback and coach others to develop their skills.
- Champion change – by embracing change and encouraging others to change, resilient leaders help organisations to reach their vision.
- Decisive – decision making can be challenging. Resilient leaders are effective at making decisions, evaluating the outcome and adjusting their action accordingly.
As with any new skill, the more you practice the better you become.
Tony Ball, Programme Operations Manager said:
“Resilience is about developing different ways to cope. By supporting individuals within a challenging environment, they can experience and learn the behaviours necessary to become more resilient. Reflecting on the experience, analysing and discussing actions creates a greater understanding of why individuals act in a certain ways and encourages the types of behaviours that led to a more successful outcome.”