That is a great question! Where to start…. One of the things that we can say with some confidence is that leadership can be hugely situational; think of Winston Churchill, a great war time leader who had the perfect attributes for that situation, but less successful during a time of peace. So, flexibility and agility are definitely critical. The key quality for me that stands out though is the idea of Positive Resilience, the human capacity to thrive and grow in a VUCA world. It is a key psychological capability that differentiates people’s ability to thrive, not just survive.
All of us face volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity in an increasingly fast paced world. While often unavoidable, how we face into and respond to the disruption and change in our world can mean the difference between thriving or just surviving under the pressures and demands. Harnessed in the right way, pressure and challenge can stimulate, drive performance and enable us to thrive and grow. The key lies in our ability to learn how to exploit pressure and use it to our advantage – enabling us to persevere, adapt and grow from disruption, uncertainty, threat or challenge.
If you think of any sporting star, successful team or business guru they have all had the ‘tough times’, but it is their approach and mindset to weather and grow from these challenges that sets them apart. Our research at PeopleWise has identified 5 core psychological factors that contribute to Positively Resilient individuals and teams:
It is how individuals leverage and grow each of these 5 factors that makes the most influential leaders!