Building Resilient Leaders – Part 2

Fulfill Life Purpose While Living Your Values

Having a strong sense of life purposeand aligning your activities with that purpose creates a strong foundation for wellbeing.  Emotional intelligence accounts for 85-90% of the difference between outstanding leaders and their more average peers. Emotional intelligence is a major factor in accomplishing life purpose.  Key areas of focus:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship management

I have been working with several clients using the Enneagram to develop more insight about their personalities.  This tool helped one client identify why she is struggling in her leadership role.  She is focused on achieving (an overdone strength).  Her need to achieve overshadows her ability to work well with others.  When she became more aware of this quality, she began taking more time to work with her team members, remembering to slow down and take a few minutes to talk to them as people that she actually likes.  The team has responded very well.  Over the past year of using this awareness practice, she has seen her team productivity improve and her relationship with the team members improve.  Over this time, the entire team is more engaged and productive.

Keys to purpose and emotional resilience: Have a clear life purpose, develop skills in self-management, and appreciate and work with your emotions regularly.

Harness the Power of Connection

The ability to interact with other people with awareness, empathy, and skillfulness and to experience closeness is vital in building resilience.  Keys to connection: invest time in key relationships and build the necessary skills to relate with others such as communication and empathy. Interpersonal skills include the ability to interact with other people with awareness, empathy, and skillfulness.  Ideally, using interpersonal skills translates to empathic understanding to engage the strengths and energy of business relationships, at every level within the organization, as well as with customers and suppliers.

Accoding to Gallup “Those without a best friend in the workplace have just a 1 in 12 chance of being engaged.  Social relationships at work have also been shown to boost employee retention, safety, work quality and customer engagement.”  This research represents a significant shift in views of friendships at work and the importance of developing strong connections, yet the research is clear – investing the time in connection improves our work and our work environment.

I will be speaking at the ASQ Conference as the keynote speaker about Building Leadership Resilience.  If you are interested, please click the link.

Photocredit:  Power of connection David Boyle


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