Strategic agility and customer responsiveness are essential to the success of organizations today. The culture of speed, competition and the rapid changes brought on by technology and globalization cause many executives and managers to struggle to move ahead of the competition within and outside their organizations.
Senior executives and managers report feeling stress. Sources noted for causing stress are deadlines, interruptions and conflicting responsibilities. Executives point to stress caused by budget constraints as well as deadlines. Other common causes of stress are making the numbers, personal/family issues, criticism and the economy.
Stress, however, is a fact of life – and work. The key to weathering storms is in how you handle stress. If you accept that “stress happens” then building both personal and organizational resiliency will help you and your organization weather the inevitable storms. That means being pro-active about nurturing your resiliency.
What is resiliency? The origin or the word comes from mid 17th century from Latin leaping back from the verb resilire - to spring back. Resiliency is the ability to bend back into shape after bending, stretching or being compressed. It is the ability to stand or recover quickly from difficult conditions and setbacks.
Resiliency is not a luxury for leaders. Like a bank account, if you withdraw from your wellness account without replacing this energy, you eventually end up energetically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally “bankrupt”.
Environments of high stress make it difficult to maintain personal resiliency and well-being. Yet, a shift in thinking to viewing your personal resiliency as a component of leadership and an influence on organizational success repositions it as an integral component and essential. The shift in thinking makes building your personal resiliency as rewarding as innovation, learning, creativity, problem-solving and decision-making, all outcomes of being personally and organizationally resilient.
How can you nurture your personal resiliency? By being self-aware and noticing what contributes to your energy and well-being and what detracts from this, then taking consistent actions and behaviors that maintain y