Resilient Leadership: What Makes Us Stronger?

| April 27, 2012 | 0 Comments
By Elle Allison PhD. (C) 2012 All Rights Reserved.
After a particularly arduous day filled with unexpected and disruptive glitches, Mark Twain once said, “Apparently, anything can happen today.” Many leaders working within complex systems would agree, and might even make the observation that anything can happen everyday. The need for leadership resilience has proven over and over again to be one of the most needed of leadership characteristics. The good news is that resilience is not a fixed trait; people can learn how to be more resilient. In the coming year, I’ll be deeply exploring leadership resilience for a new book I’m writing. As is my wont, this book will include stories of resilience of real leaders facing the need to be so, everyday. To that end, I invite you to use this blog space to express your ideas about resilience. Please feel free to share a story, or go ahead and riff on one of the prompts presented below:
  1.  In what ways must leadership resilience be different from ordinary resilience?
  2. Talk about a time when you needed to be a resilient leader, what lessons about resilience did you take away from that experience?
  3. How do resilient leaders maintain their composure when disruptive change and adversity hits them or their system?
  4. What does non-resilient leadership look like?
  5. How are adversities defining moments for leaders?
  6. How do resilient leaders mitigate adversity for themselves, others and the organization, during times of strife?
  7. What is the reason for resilient leadership?
  8. Joan Baez famously said,  “Action is the antidote to despair.” What is the relationship between action and resilient leadership? What are the opportunities and liabilities?
  9. What is the significance of optimism to resilience?
  10. What organization beliefs, structures, processes and cultures cultivate resilience over rigidity?
  11. What makes you more resilient?

I also welcome you to email or call me to tell me your personal resilience story. I look forward to speaking with you.

Best Regards,



Category: BLOG, Resilience, Wisdom in Leadership

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