Five Concepts Of Resilience In Leadership

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Part A: Resilience & five relevant concepts

I. Definition of resilience
According to Sergent and Laws-Capman (2011, p.14), resilience is “the ability to adapt to adverse conditions while maintaining a sense of purpose, balance, and positive mental and physical wellbeing”. Resilience is a non-inborn, learnt ability developable in anyone. It can be expressed as behaviors, actions and thoughts. It is noteworthy that being resilient does not mean free from being distress in adversity, but being able to return to a positive mind shortly (American Psychological Association, n.d.).

II. Importance of resilience to leadership
Being the directors in managing crisis and mediating interpersonal conflicts even facing resource shortages, resilience is an indispensable quality of successful leaders (Jackson & Daly, 2011). The whole team’s progress will be hindered due to the disappearance of driving force from the leader if he depressed.

The positive relationship between leadership skills and resilience was found in an empirical study. Test subjects received leadership skills training during the period of experiment and were rated as having a higher level of resilience (Redmond, 2012).

III. Five relevant concepts to resilience

Emotional stability
Emotional stability is an automatically returnable equilibrium state of one’s mindset in self-organization theory (Izard, Ackerman, Schoff, & Fine, 2000; Li, Ashkanasy, & Ahlstrom, 2010; Mayne & Ramsey, 2001; Scherer, 2000), and is determined

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