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How to Practice Resilience as a Leader

Resilience, or the ability to experience stress and maintain equilibrium and to recover quickly from difficulties, is an essential quality that high-performing leaders must cultivate to advance and thrive in today’s fast-paced workplace.

It sets you apart as someone to trust during turbulent times.⁣

It allows you to embrace change and quickly adapt.⁣

It contributes to your physical and mental health by allowing you to manage stress in a positive way.⁣

It allows you to set an example for your colleagues that ultimately results in a happier, healthier, more creative and productive organization.⁣

Though resilience is essential during challenging times, you don’t need to wait for a high-stress situation to begin practicing. Instead, start cultivating resilience today with these five simple strategies so that the next time a challenge arises, you’re ready and able to lead with confidence:

1. Choose your response

When stressful situations arise, acknowledge your thoughts and feelings. Listen to how you talk to yourself and bring awareness to any negative or limiting thoughts that are detracting from your ability to perform optimally. Then, from a place of awareness, consciously choose how to respond. Direct your focus only to what you can control.

2. Manage your energy

Prioritize your physical health by carving out time for regular exercise, a healthy diet, and sufficient sleep. Limit time with people who drain you. By prioritizing your mental and physical health, you become better able to handle any obstacle thrown at you.

3. Put it in perspective

Understand your values and beliefs and look for ways to connect stressful situations to your purpose. Remember that difficult, stressful situations are inevitable in life and reframe challenging experiences as opportunities for learning and growth.

4. Lean on trusted allies

Having strong social support and confiding in your inner circle are critical to stress management and cultivating resilience.

5. Consciously communicate

Keep in close contact with your team, especially during times of continual change. Be realistically optimistic and spread positive news whenever possible.

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