Resilience is a highly valued attribute for sustained focus, effort & achievement when faced with adversity, pressure & setbacks. The NeuroSmart® Leadership Resilience Assessment measures and predicts leadership resilience from both a neurobiological & behavioural perspective. It is ideal for recruitment, career planning & personal development.
Leadership resilience is demanding physically, emotionally & socially. This places demands on three core enabling capabilities – health, self-management, intrinsic stress & engaging with others. Health is essential for sustained capacity, concentration & effort under extreme pressure. Self-management tempers the sympathetic nervous system’s fears response, as well as influencing motivational mechanisms that subdue impulses, allowing intellect, focus & energy to be directed toward preferable behaviours & high-effort, high-reward goals. Skills & habits in engaging with others sets the scene for what is possible through the commitment, cooperation & discretionary effort from the whole team.
Essential habits for resilient leadership have been identified as collaboration, reasoning, tenacity, vision & efficacy. Collaboration is vital for drawing on the ideas of others for better problem-solving in design & joint commitment in execution, as well as for support, meaningful connection, energy-sharing & perspective. Reasoning relates to the ability to manage the balance between emotional/intuitive & cognitive/rational forces in behaviour & decision making, an everyday act that becomes increasingly difficult under pressure. Tenacity relates to single-minded determination in relentlessly pursuing goals, even against the tide. Vision relates to values, purpose and meaningfulness, drawing on core elements of personal beliefs, direction & identity. Efficacy, correlated in many studies with work performance, relates to self-belief despite challenges & setbacks.
The NeuroSmart® Leadership Resilience Assessment scoring algorithm does use a single-number one-size-fits all approach. For example, the habits of a leader responsible for organisational change need to be different from one tasked with consolidation. There are leaders whose roles are focused mostly on interacting with & gaining the support of others, whereas others require greater independence, inner drive & self-reliance. And there are those who rely on self-leadership mostly, working & problem-solving largely alone without the resources, support or responsibility of others.
The NeuroSmart® Leadership Resilience Assessment is an invaluable tool for recruitment for executive and autonomous roles, providing insights into capabilities and habits for working under the highest pressure. Just as usefully, a simple analysis of each enabler & domain in comparison to the needs of an environment &/or the aspiration of an individual provides clear & unambiguous focus for personal self-development. Who doesn’t want to know how they can be more resilient? View here.