Organisational Resilience requires three main things: a robust yet flexible organisation who can follow a continuity plan yet are ready and prepared to go off piste if the situation requires it; strong third party relationships who will go the extra mile if needed; and a decisive and brave leadership who can see beyond simply surviving with minimal casualties to thriving and coming out the other side stronger and more competitive than when they went in.
Whilst this article focuses on resilience within extreme and hostile environments the resilience principles that it describes are a must for anyone who thinks that they may find themselves leading their organisational crisis response team.
It neatly describes how to create and maintain a positive attitude when everything conspires against you and I recommend it as a good resource to anyone we are coaching and mentoring in Crisis Leadership and Organisational Resilience.
Nothing can take away the initial shock of terrorism, cyber attacks, power outages or other catastrophic events but, with coaching and mentoring from experienced crisis leaders, you can develop the skills, competencies and psychological coping strategies so vividly illustrated in this article, that will help you to successfully lead your organisation through complex, uncertain and unstable environments.
What We Can Learn About Resilience from Female Leaders of the UN The following principles of resilience will serve you well in any work context, even one that’s not as dire as what these women face on a daily basis.