How to improve your resilient leadership skills: 10 traits to shape your development

Have you attempted to develop your capacity to be resilient by searching the internet?

You are not alone.

But have you found it challenging to link what you’ve been reading to your own life?

Again, I tell you that you are not alone.

Learning to be a leader is hard

But let me tell you what I’ve discovered.

Resiliency is a lot to do with how you present yourself. The traits that others see in you. What you do. How you behave. And, the things that make you … well, you.

Initially, I found my journey towards resiliency a challenge. Over time, I made mistakes. I had a lot to learn. I still do.

But I discovered ten traits that all resilient people share.

And, I am delighted to share these traits with you.

Sound good, right?

1. Be self-aware

Resilient leadership requires an ability to look inside and know your feelings and thoughts. And it also involves distancing ourselves from emotions. These leaders respond to the situation and not the emotion.

2. Stay balanced

As a leader, you are more self-aware. You are also more balanced. Plus you choose when to get involved. And when not to be involved. This ability to control how you engage with situations helps you to cope with change.

3. Have a sense of humor

Humor is a very important aspect of coping with change. Enjoy and practice it every day. And be amazed at the change you will see in yourself.

4. Remain creative

As a leader, you are very creative and try new things.

5. Be autonomous

As a leader, you develop safe boundaries between yourself and others. This allows you to operate independently. And take decisive action where necessary.

6. Be happy

Resilient management lives within the moment. Quite simply the past is gone. And the future hasn’t happened yet. So, the present is where we need to be. You need to also be happy in this place.

Take time to find your balance.

7. Promote humility

Humility is an essential characteristic of a leader.

So, know both your strengths and weaknesses.

8. Understand relationships

As a leader, you value and understand the people dimension. You are empathic. And you seek to know and understand others.

Your emotional stability is especially important during times of difficult change.

9. Be self-motivated

The resilient leader is self-motivated. This motivation is your fuel for action.

Take the initiative and responsibility for your actions. And your persistence allows you to deliver results.

10. Have a strong moral compass

Resilient people possess strong personal values which particularly focus on the concept of mutual respect. Strengthen this moral compass. It will guide you to internal and external success.

Learn to focus on the traits of resilient people

Be realistic about what you can do. And be open about what you cannot do.


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Kay Fitzgerald M. A.

Kay Fitzgerald is a health promotion specialist, course developer and researcher studying personal resilience in the workplace and trauma. Catherine received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies and a Master’s in Health Promotion from University College Cork.

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