Building Leadership Resilience in Turbulent Times
“…for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – Hamlet, William Shakespeare
Business leaders will say that these are difficult times – they are. However, your thoughts probably make them seem more difficult than they need to be. In this recognition lies the key to building resilience in not just these, but any times. Resilience allows you to learn from adverse circumstances and emerge stronger. This derives from your ability to manage thoughts.
Thoughts and beliefs lie at the root of many problems. For instance, you might believe that if revenues don’t come back this quarter, you will face a disaster. Successful people don’t like negative thoughts and so deal with them by working hard to not think about them or, perhaps, drinking a lot. Usually, this doesn’t make them go away.
During the programme you will explore different ways to deal with thoughts and feelings that weaken resilience. You will learn to be aware of the thoughts going through you, objectify them, and so reduce their power over you. The key takeaway is that resilience is a choice. Viktor Frankl said that, “The last of the human freedoms is to choose how we react to any given set of circumstances.” The programme shows leaders how they can rediscover choice in their reactions to adverse circumstances.
Building Leadership Resilience in Turbulent Times is a workshop, not a conceptual conversation. You should come prepared to examine your inner dialogue and the way in which it might be impeding your effectiveness.
Session 1: Thoughts, feelings, and their impact on behaviour
- You begin by paying attention to the diverse thoughts that go through your head
- You further recognise that thoughts are closely correlated with their behaviour – negative thoughts are associated with dysfunctional behaviour
- You experience how instinctive approaches to managing negative thoughts, such as suppressing them, don’t work
Session 2: Reducing the impact of negative effects
- An alternative to avoiding thoughts, lies in accepting that we are having them
- Once we accept the thoughts we have, we can work on reducing their unproductive effects on our behaviour. You learn cognitive techniques that reduce the power of negative thoughts
Session 3: Building general capacity to self-regulate and raise resilience
- The preceding techniques work well with small sets of recurrent negative thoughts. Mindfulness helps build a more general capacity to deal with negative thoughts. Unfortunately, attempts to be mindful often fail, so you understand how to set yourself up to succeed
- Finally, you connect to those aspects of your life that give you meaning. Aligning actions with meaningful goals is energising and builds resilience.
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