Going through tough times that seem impossible. Simply not giving up when you want to call it quits. What personally comes to mind when you think about resilience?
Resilience was a matter of life and death for the Vietnam POWs. For our families back home, resilience was the only way they could have a life.
There were numerous reasons we POWs were able to resist, endure torture, and bounce back. First of all, we were a competitive and optimistic group. But much of what enabled us to hang in there for 5, 6, 7, or 8 years related to our sense of duty. Duty, the indispensable attribute taught in virtually every leadership training program, is built on a foundation of faithfulness, character, responsibility, and commitment. We were resilient because we were faithfully committed to each other and to our country.
Overall though, what are the critical points of resilience that are needed during challenging times to emerge with victory?
- Life is a battle, and we all get knocked down. The challenge is to stay in the battle and fight to get back on your feet. It’s hard to defeat someone who won’t quit.
- You must believe in yourself. There are cycles and seasons, and we all go through ups and downs. You must believe that you can work through the challenges that come your way.
- You can’t fight this battle alone. POWs learned that isolation is a powerful weapon of the enemy. Have people around you who will encourage you—speaking truth into your life about who you are and how valuable you are.
Authentic leaders know that life is difficult. They expect to get knocked down, and they have the proper attitude and outlook to persevere. Please post your comments and experience too –
You can also read and watch more on this topic – “Which Leadership Behaviors Bounce Back Better?”