Why is Resilience Important?

Resilience enables people to thrive in the face of adversity. The late Warren Bennis, the pioneer scholar of contemporary leadership, concluded that “adaptive capacity or resilience is the single most important quality in a leader or in anyone else for that matter who hopes to lead a healthy, meaningful life”.

Continuous change is now the status quo in many types of organizations. The experts on organizational change (i.e. Lewin, Kotter, Senge) all agree that change creates adversity. Regardless of which “change model” an organization adopts, the ability to overcome adversity is essential for successful and sustainable change.

The ability to overcome adversity through resilience applies to both individuals and organizations. Resilience is a group-level, social phenomenon in any organization where team members rely on each other to work effectively in a challenging environment.

Organizational resilience is about maintaining positive adjustment through challenging conditions in such a way that the organization becomes stronger and more prepared for future challenges. Leadership is the key to building resilience in an organization.

Is effective teamwork critical to the success of your organization?

Does your organization operate in a challenging environment?