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Quality #12: How resiliency can help you overcome the hard times

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In this article, we continue to uncover the 21 qualities showcased in Healing Leadership: How to Lead, Love, and Thrive in Business and Life.

Today, we discuss leadership quality #12: resilience, and how resiliency can help you overcome the hard times.

During the pandemic, I interviewed 41 industry leaders and together discovered these qualities. As you understand these skills, you can increase your confidence, remove self-doubt, and develop a growth mindset to advance as a leader and support your team to deliver on the organization's objectives.

In previous articles (available from our blog), we discussed the first eleven leadership qualities healing and empowering leaders must possess to not only survive but thrive in these complex times:

  1. Communicate powerfully, including listening.

  2. Show empathy and high emotional intelligence.

  3. Value and empower their team.

  4. Set the vision.

  5. Are flexible.

  6. Are Transparent.

  7. Manage and lead through change.

  8. Build trust and solve problems

  9. Lead with authenticity

  10. Value Inclusion & Diversity

  11. Harness the power of positivity

What does it mean to be resilient?

Resilience is the ability to go through periods of high-demand and land on your feet.

In June of 1983, I immigrated the U.S. from the Dominican Republic. Later that September, I began freshman year of high school. I started a new life in a new country, without speaking English, or knowing anyone, other than my mom and stepdad, whom I met that summer.

I knew I had an uphil climb to achieve my dream--breaking the cycle of poverty and becoming an independent woman who could stand on her own.

I knew that I faced many challenges ahead. The first and most obvious one was learning the language to get through high school, graduate, and eventually make my way through college.

The resilience I experienced during my teenage years has carried over to every stage in life.

After getting through all the hard work and extensive hours with my textbooks and a Spanish/English dictionary on my side (there was no Google translation back in 1983), I passed my college entrance exams and graduated third in the graduating H.S. class of 1987.

At Rutgers College, I endured four years of schooling focused on computer science and economics, two tough topics. I always put in the extra hours because I felt that I was catching up. All the hard work paid off when I miraculously graduated with a BA.

And after I graduated college, I started my career as a programmer. Eventually, I received my MBA in 1996, applied to a Systems Manager role, moved into the leadership ranks, and earned an MS in Computer Science in 1999 on my way to completing a Ph.D. in Information Systems in 2009, all while working full-time.

Simultaneously, a lot was happening on the personal front. I moved to a new town, rented my first apartment, moved again, and became a first-time homeowner. My dad received a devastating and terminal diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer, and we lost him three months later. Two years later, my brother suffered and survived a stroke that left him paralyzed on the right side of his body. I got married, became a new mom to my one and only son in 2007.

Since 2009, I endured a painful divorce and re-invented myself and my career to become the mother I wanted to be. I strive to scale my business to have the impact I know is possible in the lives of leaders and the organizations I partner with.

Throughout the challenges and painful life situations, I continued to lean on my resilience and ability to face a problem, get resourceful to find a solution, connect with people who could help me solve the problem, and move forward to the next step supporting those I cared for.

Remind yourself that you are resilient

  • How have you been resilient?

  • How have you shown resiliency as leaders leading through these very complex times in your personal life and business life?

  • How are you leaning on your resilience to connect to the folks that you are leading?

As a leader, when you find yourself in a situation where things are looking pretty dark, rely on your resilience and share part of your story at the organization. Remind them of other instances when you experienced some tough times at the company and how the team, with creativity, came up with a solution. Remind them of those times, anchoring for them that you, together, will overcome this one too.

Difficult times are like windows of opportunities.

Use those tough experiences to remind yourself and the people around you of your superpowers, the qualities you all possess, and the qualities you've used in the past to build your resilience. It's not always so evident to the people around you that they're going to be okay.

As a healing and empowering leader, it helps us show up in the workplace with positivity, enthusiasm, valuing our team, sharing our vision, communicating what we see and where we see ourselves going as a team. And that's also how we build our resilience. That's how we live and use what we've already done to help us and fuel us to keep moving forward.

We have the power to bring our best forward and share with the people around us, motivate them, and inspire them. We get to choose to bring that positivity and bring our resilience to our interactions and finish and complete projects.

We can use our history and our stories to share with the people we're here to inspire and lead that this too shall pass. Resiliency is one of the qualities that we must harness during these difficult times to help our people and shift out of survival and into thriving mode.

We're here to help. You can reach us at to set up a complimentary strategy session and explore how our programs can help you or your leaders gain these skills.

In the meantime, be fearless! (act despite the fear)

Coach Ginny 💕

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