Resilience In Leadership: How To Lead And Win Despite Change And Obstacles

Typhoon “Bising” (international name Surigae) has maintained strength as it approaches Sorsogon

Climate change makes Indian monsoon season stronger and more chaotic

The monsoon rains that batter India each summer, unleashing 80% of the country’s yearly rainfall in four months crucial for its farmers, are at the whim of forces far beyond its borders.

“The summer monsoon is even more sensitive to global warming than previously thought.”

Anja Katzenberger, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Summer dust storms in the Arabian Peninsula and fossil fuels burned in countries across the world are causing heavier seasonal rains in India, according to two separate studies of a precarious climate system upon which more than 1 billion people rely on for food.

The first study, a paper published in the journal Earth-Science Reviews in April, found that dust particles swept into the atmosphere from deserts in the Middle Easte grow so hot under sunlight that they change the air pressure over the Arabian Sea. This creates a kind of heat pump in the sky, which drives moisture from above the ocean to the Indian subcontinent, leading to a wetter monsoon season that then strengthens winds and could whip up even more dust particles…

Resilience In Leadership: How To Lead And Win Despite Change And Obstacles

You can’t build resilient teams without resilient leaders. We often think of resilient people as bold, unflappable beings not easily impacted by stress, failure, or setbacks. But resilience isn’t just a matter of “toughing it out.” Bearing up under pressure and in stressful situations is certainly part of being resilient, but it’s just one part.

Resilient leaders tend to tolerate ambiguity or uncertainty and adapt readily to new situations

The student enduring the brutal crucible of Navy SEAL training, for example, must be physically prepared and have certain levels of mental fortitude to handle the basic elements of the training environment, of course. But yet it’s often their ability to mentally handle the intangibles (weather, unknown obstacles, attitude about ability, illness, a nagging injury, being cold and wet 24/7, and the fear of failure) that carries the few that make it across the finish line…

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