The COVID-19 crisis in Europe is now reaching a new critical phase, where governments are acting decisively to control a rapid spread of the virus. Numerous countries in Europe going into the phase of Lockdown, where measures are announced and implemented to limit physical contact between people.
In numerous discussion on the internet there is a call for resilient leadership. In this article I would like to explore what we can learn from the term resilient leader. The definition I would use for a resilient leader is a leader that has the ability to survive and thrive through dynamic and unpredictable challenges. In this article we will first have a look what the specific abilities of a resilient leader are in times of crisis and then have a look how you can become more resilient as leader.
The Resilient Leaders Elements (1) give us insight in the four abilities a resilient leader has. The four abilities are:
Resilience is basically the ability to bounce back from an unaccepted challenge. As a leader you can change your views, habits and responses by modifying your thoughts and actions, which will help broaden your outlook and become more adaptable to change. To become more resilient I would suggest to focus on the following eights areas (2):