More often than not, people will be able to better relate to your struggles than your successes. This is because the struggles and challenges which accompany the road to success are something that every leader goes through if they want to make it. And it’s these very experiences which build resilience, a topic which Faisal Hoque discusses at length in his book Survive to Thrive: 27 Practices of Resilient Entrepeneurs, Innovators, and Leaders.
Resilience isn’t a trait that naturally occurs in leaders, it must be developed. Hoque identifies 9 essential principles which are necessary in overcoming challenges and building resilience, among which are the ability to take responsibility for actions and seek out trusting relationships.
In addition to these essential principles, there are also three “Must Do’s,” – concepts necessary for individuals to become both more authentic and more resilient:
Essentially, you have to be willing to acknowledge and accept weaknesses, and transform self-doubt into self-belief. The question must be asked, “How can I use the resources in front of me to achieve that which I wish to achieve?” Also, “Who are the people around me which will be key players in my success?”
The mistakes you make, the people who surround you, the challenges you face – all of these factors play a pivotal role in the development of resilience, and it is the development of that resilience, the strength from within, which will be what permits you to thrive in a competitive environment.
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As Faisal Hoque says, “No one succeeds in a silo.” In helping senior managers in dozens of industries find a path to more profitable and sustainable growth, reducing isolation and building new relationships has been essential. What is the biggest challenge you face in your company or industry today?