Surviving and flourishing in todays working environments calls for knowing how to respond and transform intolerance, negativity and stress, into motivation, challenge and a thirst for learning and development. Everybody experiences challenges and disappointments; it is not possible to move forward without them. It is, however, the way in which we respond to these set backs that separate the resilient people from the intolerant and stressed. Resilience is the ability to control or improve your performance when you are surrounded by adverse circumstances. The key is to harness a positive attitude and behaviour which, will in turn, energise you and the people around you to achieve and see a way forward when circumstances could potentially pull you down into “the negative spiral”.
Resilient managers will be able to improve performance and stamina during periods of high demands; they can see opportunities in change. Challenges are welcomed as new opportunities; they will grow and develop, rather than seeing change as a threat. Individuals can influence events and have a strong sense of self-achievement and effectiveness, as opposed to feeling that they are a victim of circumstance. They live in the ‘cause’ side of the equation rather than in the ‘effect’. These are the managers who cause positive things to happen all around them, rather than perceiving that they are always “affected” by external events they cannot control and which drag them down. Managers who have this strong sense of commitment and are fully involved, are unlikely to be de-motivated by the day to day stressors which arise unexpectedly. These are the qualities required in the workplace of today, which will enhance corporate performance and boost the morale of others. These are the people who inspire and lead others to achieve. These are the Leaders of the future.
Enthusiasm, motivation and resilience are the key to a happy, healthy workforce, thus leading to reduced stress and business excellence.
Yet the reality for many organisations it is that staff remain undervalued, under trained, poorly motivated and poorly managed – leading them to perform well below their capability.
The corporate pace facing organisations today has never been greater. Organisations must absorb and manage these cultural and technological changes at a much faster rate than in the past. In order to implement a positive business strategy to face this challenge, we must ensure that we have an optimistic, well motivated workforce, capable of delivering a successful strategy which energises and inspires us all.