There are many important traits to search for in search of a good leader. A good communicator, problem solver, and role model are a few. In my experience, the leaders I’ve found who are the best have this one characteristic, at least: They’re resilient. While there is far more to quality leadership, this trait is an excellent place to start.
Being resilient means being flexible and adapting when needed. It means bending but never breaking and remaining steady when conditions are unfavorable. If you look at a room full of disorder, who often sticks out? It’s the calm person and those who seem calm and collected. These people remain unaffected by circumstances around them. Be this, for people around you who need it. And trust that people need this, now more than ever. As anxiety, depression, and other ailments rise, those who can focus through the noise will emerge victoriously. It’ll be those who display resiliency who stand tall.
Resilient people make mistakes and admit to them. They view mistakes as educational and resolve never to commit that mistake again. They get knocked down, but you know they’ll be back and they never give in at the tough times. When necessary they put on gloves and get things accomplished. They know they have what it takes to tackle what’s ahead.
I’ve had fun working with leaders who are resilient. Many are more resilient than me. The good news is, there are opportunities for becoming more resilient each day. When we don’t allow little events to ruin our day and when we tackle trouble head on, we become more resilient before we know it.
If you are looking for your next leader, seek the resilient.
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