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Career Connection: Weather Chaotic Times Through Resilient Leadership

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Leadership is challenging during the best of times. Add the crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, and effective leadership becomes even more complex. For example, without face-to-face meetings, it can be hard to find time to motivate and coach your team. In this volatile and uncertain environment, setting a course of action for your team can be difficult and fraught with tension.

In the December 2020 Career Connection (p. 21), I wrote about building personal resiliency by employing tactics such as adopting an agile mindset, allowing space for your emotions, and making conscious decisions. As leaders in a time of crisis, we must not only adopt these personal resiliency tactics, we must also build our team’s resilience.

According to research conducted by the leadership development platform BetterUp, resilient leaders are critical to an organization’s survival. How well a leader manages challenges, for example, is predictive of how well their team members cope. In addition, teams led by resilient leaders exhibit almost three times more resilience and...

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