Building Resilience

A wonderful group of motivated and dynamic ladies arrived at a boutique hotel in the middle of Antwerp to hear me talk about resilience and how important it is for effective leadership.

Large group of smiling women sitting in an audience
A wonderful experience with great delegates at the Buliding Resilience talk

Recently a legal company in Belgium called Argo had the brilliant idea of having an evening for the women in the company and they were each asked to invite a female client or associate. So a wonderful group of motivated and dynamic ladies arrived at a boutique hotel in the middle of Antwerp to hear me talk about resilience and how important it is for effective leadership.

They shared stories about how they had overcome difficulties to achieve their ambitions. A couple of examples: a particularly senior woman whose father had always thought, because she was a girl, she would not achieve anything had used this as her drive to get to the top of her profession; another woman had just that day been offered a job doubling her salary, after several frustrating years being undervalued by her previous company.

I shared stories from my career in the media where it had been important to remain focused when difficulties arose. That project that seemed out of control, over budget and needed to get back on track. How important it is for leaders to show resilience otherwise it can affect the team and hinder performance.

We went on to discuss the common factors required to build your resilience based on improving confidence (doing the right thing despite opposition), social support (building good relationships), adaptability (adapting to changing situations) and purposefulness (having a clear sense of purpose). These four components were taking from Professors Robertson and Cooper who have researched this at the Manchester Business School.

Top tips for building your resistance

  • Be prepared
  • Stay focused
  • Don’t repeat mistakes
  • Learn from failure
  • Control emotions
  • Build relationships

This is easy to say and we agreed that there will be certain character traits that make it easier for some people than others but there is nothing like experience and the support of others to help you with the building process.