Leaders who recognize the need to be resilient are more likely to ensure long term success. Careers are made up of numerous ups and downs and with each comes the opportunity to develop news skills. Bouncing back is a critical skills for those who are career minded and take risks along the way. Being resilient comes from practice which takes focus and dedication.

Resilient leaders are those who come back from adversity and set backs. These set backs come in many forms and are most often unexpected. A set back could include a layoff from a job or a a project that has failed despite the best efforts. These failures and set backs serve to build coping skills that will make an individual stronger in his or her performance. While no one wishes to go through any set back or failures, however those who take them on with a vigorous and determined mind set will almost always win.

Resilience is demonstrated by actions and is most noticeable when someone comes back from a set back or failure. Most individuals are shocked when something bad happens in their lives and this is to expected. Those who go beyond the shock and start to process the event and its emotions are the ones who show how resilient we can all be in the face of synch events. Everyone will have some set backs in their lives, it is how we respond to them that dedifferentiates our abilities to lead others. Leaders who can see the leaning opportunity in the set back are on the path to more self-awareness and selfactualization. These both serve leaders well in working with others.

Leaders who are impacted by set backs in a negative way and who cannot bounce back are likely to derail their careers. When leaders are unable to move past a failure or negative event, they are stuck in the emotions and drama of it which blocks growth. While the process is challenging, it is important for resilient leaders to see how things can be in the future and focus on all of the good that can come from it. Everyone has the choice in how they respond to set backs and failures and those who chose to be resi lient are modeling behaviors for others which will have a positive impact overall.

Leaders will find throughout their career that there will be setbacks and failures that will define them both as a leader and as an individual. The stories leaders tell about their experiences are !;Ioing to motivate others when they are relatable and have a successful outcome. All of us can relate to a setback and we all want to win in the end. Winning comes from getting through the setback and emerging on the other side more powerful and skilled. The experiences will support each of us in becoming the best and strongest leaders we can be for others to observe.

Resilience teaches us about ourselves during the most difficult times in our lives. We are given the opportunity to go through the setbacks and failures to learn more about ourselves and give us more confidence in our abilities to cope with most anything that comes our way. These coping skills support us in our leadership roles and in our other roles in life. The things we learn about ourselves when we go through setbacks and failures are what support us in being resilient the next time we are knocked down. How have you shown resilience in your life when going through a setback or failure and how did it feel when you came out on the other side more confident and empowered?!!!