The Top 10 Traits of Resilient Professionals and How You Can Use Them

In a piece by the Huffington Post, Neil Seligman, of The Conscious Professional, writes about the 10 characteristics he believes resilient professionals have. Though he is writing for individual resilience, many of these could be applied to company resilience as well.

1) Confident: “Resilient professionals feel comfortable in their own skin and give themselves permission to take appropriate risks,” writes Seligman. “Whilst they are generally ‘can do’ in their nature, they are able to say no very clearly when appropriate.”

2) Adaptable: This is all about being flexible, mentally, emotionally, etc. Being able to adapt helps you deal with all the different things that are thrown at you daily.

3) Emotionally intelligent: This is about being able to manage emotions without getting overwhelmed – a good tool for communicating in a crisis, and for dealing with multiple other situations. Seligman explains that people who have mastered this skill are able to be “responsive not reactive when relating to others.”

4) Social: “Unsurprisingly, research shows that people working in tough jobs are more stress-resistant and less likely to get sick when they have a loving family and good friendships. Talking with friends and family regularly diminishes the impact of difficulties and increases feelings of self-worth and self-confidence,” writes Seligman.

5) Optimistic: This is about finding wisdom or lessons in difficult experiences and aiming to maintain a glass-half-full perspective.

6) Playful: “Resilient professionals seek the fun in all tasks even when menial or repetitive,” writes Seligman. “They ask questions, experiment with new ways of working, are not afraid of making mistakes, can laugh at themselves, fall down often and get back up with a smile on their face.”

7) Intuitive: Seligman says, “Resilient professionals trust their gut feeling and go with what feels most true and authentic in each situation. In other words, they honour both the rational and the intuitive.”

8) Compassionate: This is all about being able to try and put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Listen carefully. By being compassionate, you can craft a more appropriate response in difficult situations, whether it’s a personal conflict, an employee disagreement or a big crisis management issue.

9) Mindful: Seligman says deep resilience comes from having a strong sense of self, and practicing mindfulness can help create that. It also can help combat the feeling of being overwhelmed.

10) Kaizen: “Kaizen,” Seligman writes, “denotes a commitment to continuous improvement so that day-by-day you look for ways to increase your well-being, happiness, productivity, efficiency and capacity for excellence. In following this principle, resilient professionals can rapidly assimilate new and unexpected experiences. They reflect on their own performance by asking what they could have done better, what they missed and what they gained.”


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