How to Increase your Resilience as a Leader

By | July 17, 2020

[July 17, 2020]  All leaders inevitably face obstacles. What we need to keep in mind is that overworking and overloading ourselves is going to do more harm than good and eventually cause burnout.

Despite the initial peak in terms of productivity due to overworking, a leader’s efficiency will eventually decline. Therefore, it is important to understand that building resilience is vital for a leader to bounce back from setbacks and unwanted obstacles.

Resilience is simply the ability to recover from adversity or trauma that life throws at us. Resilient leaders maintain their energy levels under pressure. They are able to overcome difficulties without engaging in any dysfunctional or unfruitful behavior.

Here are a few things to keep in mind that can help you, as a leader, towards building resilience.

Having a positive mindset

Leaders need to establish a positive mindset. Navigating through circumstances is next to impossible, otherwise. We should consciously choose to strengthen certain patterns of thoughts so as to not feel defeated under any circumstance.

 Research suggests that those who viewed their higher levels of stress as abnormal/harmful were at high risk of dying. Those who were able to identify, manage, and control their stress into performing better did not show behavioral risks, similar to those who did not have any stress.

Forging bonds

Building resilience entails staying in touch with your whole self. At workplaces, it’s common to see those at a higher level lose touch with their heart. They tend to lose empathy towards those surrounding them, which can lead to detrimental after-effects.

To encourage your team to perform better, you need to actively and genuinely engage with them. You can only be a successful leader if you know those who you are leading, what they desire, their concerns, their abilities and flaws.

Managing stress

Coping with stress is crucial to building resilience. The adrenaline rush we experience, the pounding heartbeat, and a jolt of energy are meant for us to act upon a situation.

Leaders certainly experience a spike of urgency when their project is at stake – this allows them to act quickly. Leaders that are able to clear mind-blocks that stress may have caused are able to think more clearly. Stress can help unite the members of a team to work in synchrony towards the alleviation of any problem.


Nelson Mandela emerged immensely self-reliant after being imprisoned for 27 years. He took inspiration from W.E. Henley, who wrote “I am the master of my fate/ I am the captain of my soul”.

It is crucial to remember that to lead others, one must learn how to lead oneself. Self-leadership provides a sense of reliability to those being led. Additionally, leaders then learn how to cope with any challenges independent of the presence of their co-workers.

Enjoying life

Last, but most definitely not the least, leaders must remember that we have been gifted this life to thrive, not survive. What good is it if we miss out on the joys of life and instead keep narrow-mindedly focusing on achieving results?

One must know how to achieve an accurate balance between personal and professional roles to ultimately, wholly experience “la joie de vivre”.

Author: Mary Jones

Mary Jones is the co-founder & editor-in-chief at TopMyGrades, which focuses on Content Marketing Strategy for clients from the Education industry in the US, Canada & UK. Mary has conducted a series of webinars for AssignmentEssayHelp on assignment help. She has also authored blogs on,,, and many more digital publications.

10 thoughts on “How to Increase your Resilience as a Leader

  1. Janna Faulkner

    I agree that we all face obstacles for without them, we would not be who we are. Since the beginning of humankind, we have obstacles in front of us and conquered ones behind us. It is the meaning of life. What this means to me is that there are a variety of ways to push them out of the way (or go over or around them) and that diversity of methods is what makes us human. Great job of writing about “resilience.” Too many young people today are mentally and intellectually weak.

  2. Watson Bell

    Excellent article on Gen. Satterfield’s leadership blog. Thank you, Ms Mary Jones.

    1. Lynn Pitts

      Thank you for pushing ahead in your career at TopMyGrades.

    1. Tom Bushmaster

      You’re not dumb Randy. Most of us here are still young and lack, perhaps, the experience in formal education that Ms. Jones has and includes in her writing style. Good to read different viewpoints like hers so that we continue to expand out horizons and learn new things like a bit of French!

  3. Janna Faulkner

    Well done, I especially like the part where you discuss “forging bonds.” Keep up the good works and keep writing. I suggest you focus on leadership topics. Oh, do you have a website where some of your other articles are posted? 😊😊😊😊

      1. Greg Heyman

        Most of us would. Please include a link for another article. I like to read about leadership, various styles of leaders, and on what they are “thinking” at any point in time about a particular problem/obstacle.


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