In over 10 years of Coaching the importance of building resilient teams in business has never been more apparent to me.
Week in, week out I am seeing clients with a few years experience to clients with decades of experience suffering from unhealthy levels of stress and anxiety.
Unless leaders are resilient and display sufficient levels of mental toughness to lead and support their teams through these challenging times, then the future for British businesses doesn’t look very bright.
So with that in mind, what are my 5 top tips for building a resilient team?
5 Top Tips for Building a Resilient Team
1. Look after yourself.
Team leadership starts with self-leadership. The foundation stones of great resilience are the basics: sufficient high-quality sleep, regular healthy food, good hydration and of course physical exercise be it running or yoga. Think how hard it is to cope with the daily challenges in life when you’re tired or down or feeling unwell. You need mental and physical energy to deal with challenges and they’re totally aligned. Mind and body are one system.
2. Be a good role model.
So what does that mean in my book?
Don’t work ridiculously long hours except under exceptional circumstances.
Ensure you have a healthy work/life balance with time for family, friends and fun extracurricular activities!
Take your holidays.
Avoid sending e-mails late at night – people often feel that a response is expected even when it’s not.
As a leader, your team follows your lead so create a healthy team culture which fosters resilience.
3. Manage your state.
As the leader, you’re the barometer for the team.
You may not realise it but they look to you all the time to see if things are going well or badly.
However stressed you feel manage your emotions in the office so they don’t manifest themselves in negative ways such as anger, frustration impatience and so on.
Negative energy is highly contagious and corrosive especially when it comes from the top down.
It corrodes confidence, courage and creativity and it undoubtedly impacts negatively on resilience.
Seek to be statesmanlike at all times.
4. Empower your team.
Disempowered teams have no power; they have no energy or spark. They’ve been unplugged!
Re-ignite them by giving them more autonomy, using a Coaching leadership style – asking not telling – and effectively delegating rather than what I call dumping.
Empowered teams are typically fired up, driven, motivated and hence high-performing.
That’s when teams are at their most resilient!
5. Create a strong team spirit.
A key factor in resilience is having what experts call a strong support network.
If you as a leader foster a strong team spirit encouraging camaraderie, mutual respect, shared ownership of successes and challenges, open honest constructive dialogue and a supportive work environment you’ll be well ahead of most leaders in building a resilient team.
So yes resilience is about being able to cope with the inevitable challenges of modern working life but it stems from a much more positive place.
It stems from having confidence in your organisation, confidence in your leaders, confidence in your team and confidence in yourself.
It’s that surge of positive relentless energy and drive that counterbalances the daily pressures you face and makes you feel you can cope with anything life or work throw at you.
And which team wouldn’t want that!?