Leadership Model

Resilience is essential in any organization where team members rely on each other to work effectively in a challenging environment. Resilience is critical in any organization that is experiencing change. To determine how leaders build resilience, Dr. Gene Coughlin studied and documented the strategies and practices that successful military commanders use to build resilience in the Armed Forces. The Resilience-Building Leadership Model™ is based on that research. The model is a taxonomy of 12 leader practices that build resilience in any type of organization.

Resilience-Building Leadership Model

Three Strategic Practices for Building Resilience

  1. Build cohesion: Teamwork requires trust and mutual respect amongst peers.
  2. Create a positive climate: Leaders earn trust, enforce discipline, show respect, and have fun.
  3. Instill a sense of purpose: Purpose answers the question…why?

Five Operational Practices for Building Resilience

  1. Demonstrate character: Moral courage, humility, empathy, and honesty.
  2. Win the affection of subordinates: Show genuine concern and build relationships.
  3. Empower subordinate leaders: Demand leadership from everyone.
  4. Provide realistic and challenging training: Build competence and confidence.
  5. Manage expectations: Imagine the worst-case snenario and prepare for it.

Four Tactical Practices for Building Resilience

  1. Keep subordinates informed: Face-to-face communication is best.
  2. Share risks with subordinates and stay calm under pressure.
  3. Talk about setbacks and keep teams moving through obstacles.
  4. Focus on the mission and do not second-guess decisions.

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Read Dr. Coughlin’s full research study on fostering resilience in the military at http://www.militaryleadershipstudy.org