This is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. It is toughness, both mental and physical. It is the ability to withstand adversity and bounce back from difficult life events.

I like how APA ( describe this also. It is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. As much as resilience involves “bouncing back” from these difficult experiences, it can also involve profound personal growth.

“Leaders must be tough enough to fight, tender enough to cry, human enough to make mistakes, humble enough to admit them, strong enough to absorb the pain, and resilient enough to bounce back and keep on moving.” – Jesse Jackson

This is a quality that had been overlooked in the past but it has increasingly become a central pillar in leadership. There is a lot more that you will not be able to give/do if you don’t develop and practice this quality.

CCL has the best guidance to developing this quality, expanding on the four dimensions of our being: physical, mental, social, emotional and 8 practices that will help maintain balance: sleep, contacts, mindfulness, exercise, connections, gratitude, reappraisal and savoring. If you would like to go deeper here is the link to the article:


Do you have balance in all four dimensions of your being?

Have you been practicing Resilience?

Identify one are that you can improve on to become more resilient, then move to the next, and the next…