Can You Develop Resilience?

“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot … and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s precisely why I succeed.”

~ Michael Jordan

Resilience Gives Leaders the Ability to Persevere in the Face of Adversity

by Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch

Leaders need to be able to face challenges and not let adversity defeat them.  Leaders need to rise to the occasion again and again.  They need to be able to inspire and influence every time.  That’s true resilience.

Here are some ideas on how you can develop resilience.

    • Start building resilience by taking care of your mind and body.  Live a healthy lifestyle, eat well, exercise regularly, and get enough rest.  Give your mind emotional and spiritual refreshment.  Engage in activities that get you out of the work mode.  Give yourself the energy to approach each day and each challenge in an inspiring and influential manner.
    • By strengthening your leadership, you can strengthen your resilience.  Look inward to address sources of stress, frustration and doubt.  How confident are you when interacting with others?  Do you know your own strengths and weaknesses?  Are your leadership actions consistent with your values, priorities and principles?  Take time to develop your confidence, become self-aware, and uncover your authenticity.
    • Look inward to discover behaviors that may be less than inspiring.  How well do you control your emotions?  Do you hold yourself responsible for your performance and that of your team?  Do you give good feedback and constructive criticism?  Working on your emotional resolve, accountability, and communication skills may actually reduce the resistance and adversity in those you are trying to lead.

Resilience gives leaders the ability to persevere in the face of adversity and still inspire and influence.  Look inward and develop yours today.

This article was provided courtesy of Lead Star – a premiere leadership development firm. You can learn more about leadership by visiting their website at

Coaching Call To Action

Which of the 3 suggestions Courtney and Angie provided for developing resiliency attracts you today?  What will you commit to changing to build your resiliency?  Tell us below!