Ten Ways to Build Resilience for Mindful Leaders
Mindful leaders are self-aware and are masters at adapting to change. In the last few years, I have observed that many of my executive coaching clients have become more receptive to establishing a positive habit of daily meditative practice to stay focused, energized and optimistic in a volatile and uncertain world.

Once we establish a trusting relationship, introducing a meditative practice in our coaching meetings is greeted with eager anticipation. It’s so beautiful to observe stressed-out executives go inside for some self-reflection renewing their energy and well-being.

Mindful leaders who create the intention to meditate on a regular basis are more resilient. They create a culture and climate where people can bring their best selves to work and are fully engaged.

What is resilience? (APA definition)
Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or even significant sources of stress.

Following are 10 resilience factors, extracted from the American Psychological Association (APA) article "The Road to Resilience"

Strategies For Building Resilience

Create the intention to choose and then implement a few of the strategies that feel right for you.
Make some positive changes, take action and observe the results. When a resilient leader faces challenges or tough times he or she mobilizes emotion positively for improved performance.

10 Ways to Build Resilience

1. Make connections. Good relationships with colleagues, family members, friends, and in groups can build resilience through support from those who care about you

2. Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems. Stressful events happen, but you can change how you interpret and respond to these events, and even develop methods to prevent crises

3. Accept that change is a part of living. Certain goals may no longer be attainable as a result of adverse situations.

4. Move toward your goals. Develop some realistic goals. Do something regularly--even if it seems like a small accomplishment--that enables you to move toward your goals. 

5. Take decisive actions. Act on adverse situations as much as you can. Take decisive actions, rather than detaching completely from problems and stresses and wishing they would just go away

6. Look for opportunities for self-discovery. Particularly in times or struggle or loss

7. Nurture a positive view of yourself. Developing confidence in your ability to solve problems and trusting your instincts helps build resilience

8. Keep things in perspective. Even when facing very painful events, try to consider the stressful situation in a broader context and keep a long-term perspective.

9. Maintain a hopeful outlook. An optimistic outlook enables you to expect that good things will happen in your life.

10. Take care of yourself. Pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Engage in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly. Taking care of yourself helps to keep your mind and body primed to deal with situations that require resilience.

Are you working in a company where executive coaches provide leadership development to grow emotionally intelligent leaders? Does your organization provide executive coaching for leaders who need to become more resilient? Mindful leaders tap into their emotional intelligence and social intelligence skills to create a more fulfilling future.

One of the most powerful questions you can ask yourself is “Am I resilient in the face of uncertainty and constant change” Emotionally intelligent and socially intelligent organizations provide executive coaching as part of their emotional intelligence and mindfulness leadership development program.