Anyone who has led a team will recognise these ‘ 3 am and still awake’ signs:
• Mulling over that team problem
• Rewinding conversations with the team
• Phrasing emails you will compose on waking
This list could go on! What these signs are telling you is that you are most definitely under team strain. Hard-working team leaders can find it hard to recognise their own limits. They listen, absorb and try to resolve so many issues with so many.
These signs however are also warning signs that there could be a better way for everyone. Rather than a team leader simply gets better at navigating more, what if the team could?
What exactly is team resilience?
Team resilience – like individual resilience – is a layered and nuanced concept. The three key themes of resilience are:
i. Mastering stress
ii. Adapting to change
iii. Being pro-active
Our resilience can be challenged in many different ways. People and teams will also respond very differently to the same challenge. One of the best definitions of team resilience is:
‘‘The capacity of a group of employees to collectively manage the everyday pressures of work and remain healthy, adapt to change and be pro-active in positioning for future challenges.’ – Working with Resilience
A powerful framework to guide you and your team
We can delve even further below these key themes to explore the seven areas they cover which shape our team resilience at work (R@W); a teaser of the R@W 7 above! In each of our next seven blog posts this month, we will unpack for you a vital factor of team resilience.
We want to spotlight what you and your team are already doing well for team resilience. We want also to offer you insights, tips and small steps to boost your team. Later this week, we zone in on our first team resilience factor, the robust team! Find out more from our next blog post on team resilience.
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Source: Leading for Resilience Workbook, Kathryn McEwen, Working with Resilience