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Bounce Back with Resilience | Dr. Will Ramey

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Bounce back with resilience

Research Backed Approaches to Leadership and Team Dynamics by Dr. Will Ramey, The Leadership Dr.

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 Embracing Resilience in Leadership

“When you get setback, be ready to bounce back!” That’s something I said during a conversation about embracing resilience with a few colleagues this week and they chuckled. We were talking about takeaways from a Mastermind program we were all in together. Personally, my competitive drive and self-imposed expectations can set me up for disappointment. Although, that same energy is what keeps me moving forward. What I’ve realized is that resiliency is what bridges the gap from setback to bounce back. Be the bouncing ball, not the egg that gets dropped and splats!

Let’s explore the profound significance of resilience in leadership, understanding its characteristics, strategies for its cultivation, and the transformative impact it can have on both leaders and their teams. Let’s see if you believe resilience can be harnessed, practiced, and improved.

Understanding Resilience in Leadership: Thriving Amidst Challenges

Resilience in leadership is the capacity to navigate setbacks, adversities, and uncertainties while maintaining a steadfast sense of purpose and a positive outlook. It’s the ability to bounce back from setbacks, adapt to change, and inspire others through one’s own example. Think about times when something didn’t go your way. An idea you pitched got shot down. A recommendation you made didn’t get accepted. Or, like me, the proposal and pricing you sent out for a workshop got rejected. It’s ok to kick rocks for a second, but HOW did you get up, dust off, and carry on? Your team members are taking cues from you. Modeling resilience for a swift comeback will resonate with your team.

Exploring the Characteristics of Resilient Leaders

Adaptability: Resilient leaders embrace change and quickly adjust their strategies to fit evolving circumstances.

Emotional Intelligence: Resilient leaders are in touch with their emotions and those of their team members, using empathy to navigate challenges.

Optimism: Resilient leaders maintain a hopeful outlook even in the face of adversity, inspiring positivity within their teams.

Problem-Solving: Resilient leaders approach challenges as opportunities for growth, focusing on solutions rather than dwelling on problems.

Strategies for Cultivating Resilience

Mindfulness and Intentional Thinking: Practicing mindfulness and prioritizing self-care helps leaders stay centered and manage stress. Block time in your day for reflection and intentional thought about how to recover or adjust from a setback.

Continuous Learning: A growth mindset and a commitment to learning enable leaders to adapt to new situations with confidence. Draw from a wide variety of sources including conversations with people in your network. You can learn from podcasts, articles, and just be opening up and hearing someone who may have had a similar situation.

Building Support Networks: Surrounding oneself with mentors, peers, and a strong support system provides guidance and encouragement during tough times. Can’t stress this enough. Don’t just seek comfort and vent. Find the people that will help move you from problem identification to problem solving.

Positive Communication: Cultivating a culture of open and positive communication encourages team members to share challenges and find solutions collaboratively. Use affirmative questions and be explicit with positive phrasing. This doesn’t mean to mask or use rose-colored glasses. Be transparent, but ensure you choose your language to stay challenge-oriented vs threat-oriented when bouncing back.

Benefits of Practicing Resiliency

Effective Decision-Making: Resilient leaders make well-informed decisions even under pressure, considering both short-term and long-term consequences.

Employee Engagement: Resilient leaders inspire team members by handling challenges with grace, enhancing their engagement and morale.

Change Management: Resilient leaders guide teams through change, helping them embrace transitions and maintain productivity.

Innovation: A resilient mindset encourages innovative thinking, as leaders are willing to experiment and explore new approaches.

Navigating Leadership with Resilience

Setbacks will occur. You may not know when or where, but they are a known unknown. Resilience is a keystone, enabling us to navigate challenges with grace and inspire those around us. By embodying adaptability, emotional intelligence, optimism, and problem-solving, we foster a culture of growth and resilience within our teams.

Let’s embark on this journey of cultivating resilience in leadership. As we practice mindfulness, embrace continuous learning, and build support networks, we’ll witness the transformation of our leadership approach. Together, we’ll shape a future where resilience propels us forward, empowers our teams, and guides us toward success even in the face of adversity.

Check out my TEDxTalk about how shared leadership saved my life: Dr. Will Ramey Delivers TEDx Talk on Shared Leadership

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Stay ahead of stress with proactive coping

Stay Ahead of Stress with Proactive Coping | Dr. Will Ramey

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Practicing proactive coping as a leader can have major benefits including reduced stress, increased resilience, improved performance, and better overall mental health. We cover all the details including ways to identify stressors, seek support, and set boundaries. Let’s get into it!

Leading is Stressful – Stay Ahead of It

As a leader, it’s important to have the ability to cope with the challenges and stressors that come with the job. Deadlines, complex tasks, lack of resources, attrition, conflict, the list goes on and on. These stressors are known knowns. One effective way to reduce the impact is through proactive coping, which involves taking steps to prevent or mitigate potential stressors before they occur.

Benefits of Proactive Coping

Increased resilience: Proactive coping can also help you build resilience, which is the ability to bounce back from adversity. By taking proactive steps to prepare for and cope with stressors, you can become better equipped to handle challenges that come your way. Remember when leading, how quickly and how high you bounce back from setbacks will trickle down through your team.

Improved performance: Proactive coping can have a positive impact on your performance as a leader. By reducing the amount of stress you experience, you can improve your focus and decision-making abilities, which can lead to better results for your team. Taking the initiative to gather resources in anticipation of stressors gives you and your team the edge when challenges arise.

Better relationships: Proactive coping can also improve your relationships with others. When you’re able to effectively cope with and stay ahead of stress, you’re less likely to take out your frustration on others, which can lead to better communication and more positive interactions. Leaders pivot from conversation to conversation throughout the day. Being able to cope with stressors ensures your ability to handle negative emotions and not displace them on others.

Practicing Proactive Coping

Identifying potential stressors: Take some time to think about what stressors you might encounter in your role as a leader. Write them down, then develop strategies to prevent or mitigate them. Developing mitigation strategies prior to stressors occurring helps you feel more confident and prepared.

Seeking support: Reach out to others for support when you need it. Having a supportive network of colleagues, friends, and family can help you cope with stress and challenges more effectively.

Setting boundaries: It’s important to set boundaries to ensure that you have time to recharge and take care of yourself. Make sure to set clear limits on your availability and that you prioritize self-care.

By practicing proactive coping, you can improve your own mental health and resilience, and set a positive example for your team to lead them through challenges more effectively.

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