Leading For Resilience

From entry-level employees to those in the C-Suite, people at every point of your business are feeling the stress of change fatigue. The workplace is becoming more complex as a result of VUCA, making problem-solving and moving forward harder and riskier than ever.

Much of our efforts to combat the constant pace of change are focused around refreshing, renewing, and re-energizing the workplace. While helpful, efforts to take people away from work-related stressors (like increased or unlimited vacation) are not sufficient as stand alone solutions.

What is resilience and why does it matter?

Resilience is the capacity to prepare for disruptions, recover from shock and stresses, and adapt and grow from destructive experience.

Building resilience is about building the antibodies people and teams need to respond to workplace stressors differently. How do we encourage our employees to work with the stressor instead of avoiding it?

Here’s a few places to start:

  • Leverage stress by engaging teams in root-cause discovery, experimentation, and supporting a “fail forward” approach
  • Take a team-centric approach to supporting adaptive responses to constant change and uncertainty
  • Use a dynamic approach to setting expectations through ongoing dialogue about what success looks like as conditions change

Leveraging stress is one of the most useful things you can learn as a leader. While the word stress typically has a negative connotation, there are two types: constructive and destructive. As a leader, it’s important to pause in moments of intense pressure and evaluate your next move. Ask your team: how can we turn this destructive stressor into a chance for experimentation and learning?

Taking a team-centric approach is crucial to the success of the bigger picture. Introducing an unlimited PTO policy to relieve the stress of VUCA will only have the desired effect if your employees feel comfortable using it. The team needs to set standards and live by them together, encouraging each other to prioritize self-care over fostering a sense of fear – fear of letting a coworker down, fear of missing a “can’t-miss meeting”, or the fear of coming back to a swamped inbox.

Setting expectations is necessary in today’s business landscape. It’s hard for your team to know what’s expected of them when a multitude of factors could change at any moment. Your expectations have to match the rate of change. Whether that means weekly one-on-one check-ins or quarterly KPI reviews, a clear set of criteria and goals are imperative.

Start empowering your team

Our Leading For Resilience learning journey with Universal Access.

Yes, it sounds easier said than done – but the point is, it can be done. And here at AchieveForum, we’re ready to help. That’s why we’ve introduced Universal Access.

Universal Access is our solution to providing leadership learning for ALL members of the team. You can sign up here to receive login information to our website equipped with course materials, fully-editable outlines, virtual instructor-led classes, and a specific learning journey focused on Leading for Resilience.

No smoke and mirrors, no hidden catch – we are committed to our mission: empowering all leaders to lead in all situations and that starts with democratized access to leadership learning.

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