What are the characteristics of a resilient leader and workplace?

People Are Showing Surprising Resilience Despite Today’s Challenges

A new survey of Michigan residents from The Wellbeing Lab, which I co-founded, has revealed that while 13% report that they are really struggling, 10% are consistently thriving, and 41.7% are living well, despite struggles.

“The data clearly shows that caring for community wellbeing is more than just the sum of how individuals are feeling and functioning.”

Michelle McQuaid, – best-selling author, workplace wellbeing teacher and playful change activator.

The Wellbeing Lab 2021 Communities Report surveyed a randomly selected sample representative of Michigan’s adult population by gender, age, and location at the end of March 2021 to provide insights into current states of wellbeing across communities in the region.

The research demonstrates that even when facing a global pandemic, a changing political and economic landscape, and numerous personal and professional challenges, it appears possible to thrive despite struggles. However, the study found that women, people aged 18 to 24, people of color, and people in households earning less than $20,000 were significantly more likely to report that they were really struggling…

What are the characteristics of a resilient leader and workplace?

Resilience is often defined as the ability to recover quickly from adversity or bounce back from challenging times. Last year was marked by such adversity, with the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s fallouts placing untold pressures on both organisations and individuals across the globe and creating an environment in which resilience was more necessary than ever.

Resilient professionals were also shown to be around 20% more creative in their team work.

Arianna Huffington even named ‘resilience’ her word of the year, writing that “unlike quarantine and coronavirus and social distancing, resilience is the only one that’s going to be just as relevant when the pandemic is over. Resilience is the quality that was summoned in us by all the challenges of 2020. And it’s also the quality that’s going to carry us forward into 2021.”

As we enter into the second quarter of 2021, it’s worth considering again what resilience actually looks like, along with the benefits to leaders and organisations who cultivate this particular characteristic, and how we can all afford to be more resilient looking ahead…

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