The COVID-19 outbreak has put the issue of organisational – and individuals’- resilience in the spotlight. Across all sectors and regions, resilience has become a desirable trait – for leaders, their businesses, and employees. This was the case even before the recent COVID-19 outbreak and is now critical for all organisations.

Many of us now work in constantly connected, always-on, highly demanding work cultures where stress and the risk of burnout are widespread. Since the pace and intensity of contemporary work culture are not likely to change, it’s more important than ever to build resilience skills to effectively navigate your work life.

Organisational resilience
A robust organisation will not only allow you to survive shifts but will also strengthen your culture and reveal hidden depths. For example, in the present pandemic, many entrepreneurs and business owners are discovering not only the loyalty and dedication of their employees but also new emergent leaders and employees with critical but previously untapped skills. (Others are, sadly, seeing the opposite.)

Leadership resilience – ways leaders build resilience:

– Build resilience by being mindful. The more mindfulness meditation you practice, the more resilient your brain becomes. The emotional soup that follows a stressful event can whip up negative stories about yourself or others that goes on and on, beyond being useful. Mindfulness reduces this rumination and, if practiced regularly, changes your brain so that you’re more resilient to future stressful events.

– Gratitude can help you build resilience. One key aspect of resilience is having gratitude practices. The point of gratitude practices is that they can help you better manage any hardships you are dealing with. It is also about control and perspective. Further, gratitude practices allow us to stop and reflect on the good instead of overlooking it and passing it off as not important.

– Build resilience by being healthier. You might think that your general fitness and health levels have nothing to do with leadership. For me, that’s not the case at all. I find that when I feel fit and healthy, I feel more confident about myself. Then, when I face a challenge at work, I am more likely to feel as if I can overcome it. Not because of my fitness levels, but because of the general confidence that being healthy brings.

In sum…
Winning companies cultivate cultures that enable their people to develop the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Business resilience has perhaps never been more important. It allows companies to adapt quickly to disruptions, maintain continuous business operations and safeguard people, assets and brand equity. Resilient organisations are best placed to survive an economic slowdown and ride out uncertainty.