Why is Resilience Important?

Vision is about what an organization wants to be. Leading people to achieve the organization’s vision means taking them on a journey to accomplish shared goals. The journey is almost always long and hard because goals worth accomplishing are never easy to get to. Resilience is the key to getting there.

Resilience enables people to adapt, thrive, and grow in the face of adversity. The late Warren Bennis, the pioneer scholar of contemporary leadership, concluded that “adaptive capacity or resilience is the single most important quality in a leader or in anyone else for that matter who hopes to lead a healthy, meaningful life”. Resilience is a group-level, social phenomenon in any organization where team members rely on each other to work effectively in a challenging environment.

Is effective teamwork critical to the success of your organization?

Continuous change is now the status quo in many organizations. Change always creates stress. As a result, leaders often see increases in employee turnover, conflict, absenteeism, and on-the-job accidents. The inability to deal with workplace stress can lead to lower morale, lower productivity, and lower job satisfaction. Resilience enables people to handle stress. Resilience is essential for successful and sustainable change.

Does your organization operate in a challenging environment characterized by continuous  change?