Leadership – ambiguity and resilience

As a leader, not only do you have to deal with ambiguity  but you also have to be resilient and, more importantly, demonstrate and exemplify resilience to your team/people. The two go hand in hand.
I define resilience as ‘bounce-back-ability’, and the competencies (they are all a little different) are something like:
1. Ablility to deal effectively with pressure and stress
2. Ability to bounce back from disappointment or setbacks
3. Ability to remain optimistic and positive in uncertain, new or complex situations
4. Ability to show and maintain strong leadership in uncertain situations.
You may feel uncertain, but you must be able to show that you are strong and that you know what you’re doing to others who will also be dealing with uncertainty and, probably, the same ambiguous situation from another angle. You need to be sure-footed and make them feel that they are in safe hands.

‘If you can keep your head when all about are losing theirs and blaming it on you ….’¬† and so on. Thanks to Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If…’

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