Claire Walton, Leadership Coach
In March 2020, I partnered with Nigel Wright and facilitated a Group Coaching Session for Human Resources Leaders, aimed at: refreshing sense of purpose, reframing the current challenges, adapting with confidence and building social support.
We did this by asking these leaders to identify or refresh their Leadership Purpose for the challenging period we currently face.
Resilience is something that takes action to create and maintain. There is lots of messaging out there reminding us to ensure good sleep, nutrition, exercise, hydration, time in nature and mindfulness habits. This will help maintain your resilience.
Leaders are probably experiencing their most challenging period in their role to date. The pressure to protect employee physical and mental health, to provide customers with what they need and to protect jobs and even perhaps organisational sustainability can be quite overwhelming.
Critical to leadership resilience in facing these challenges is:
Internal confidence – a sense of competence for the tasks that need doing, a strong sense of self-esteem based on knowing you are adding value with your competence and experience of positive emotions; in particular hope.
Purposefulness – having a clear sense of leadership purpose and personal values to provide energy, drive and direction.
Adaptability – being able to quickly let go of previous ways of doing things and embracing new ways with enthusiasm even if uncomfortable to begin with.
Strong social support – building relationships where you can ask for and receive support, show your insecurities and be encouraged to be authentic.
Simon Sinek, an author of ‘Start with Why,’ uses a simple construct to help leaders articulate their purpose.
“To… (Contribution)………………………so that (Impact)………………. (To whom)………….”
I used my own Leadership Purpose as an example:
(Contribution) Helping leaders develop capability and confidence, so that (impact) they can make a positive difference (to whom) to themselves, their teams, their organisations and the communities they serve.
We used this construct to help these leaders reflect on and clearly articulate their purpose.
Following this I demonstrated how to use your Leadership Purpose to recharge your resilience through a ‘laser’ coaching session. The idea, in brief, is outline below.
The idea in brief:
You can try this exercise as an individual reflection, writing down as you go, or sitting with your eyes closed and only writing down your insights at the end of your reflection.
Alternatively, you can ask someone to coach you through the exercise.
This exercise, is a simple and yet incredibly effective approach to slowing down the pace you are working at, allowing you to connect with your emotional intelligence and recharge your leadership resilience.
Leaders are Making A Difference Ltd
07703 797 614
This report provides insight into the salaries, skills and benefits received by HR&D professionals in the North East this year.
Thanks for submitting your details. Your download will start shortly.
By submitting your details you have read and understood our Privacy Notice