resilience: The ability to see things calmly
We see that again and again: some people are successful. They seem to succeed with virtually no effort, while others have stress from morning to evening and do not seem to take a step forward. That makes many dissatisfied. What are the successful ones doing better?
An answer to this question could be the term resilience: the ability to see things calmly and to get up even after setbacks. Best of HR – Berufebilder.de®-Author Dr. Dennis Mourlane is considered one of the leading resilience experts in Germany. Together with the Bertelsmann Foundation, he has published a study. Result: resilience is learnable.
Can success be trained?
This study was conducted under the scientific supervision of the Department of Work and Organizational Psychology of the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main, 564 persons from 121 German small and medium-sized enterprises as well as corporations were surveyed.
The result sounds good to anyone who would like to be more resilient and therefore more successful: people in professional life can obviously train their resilience to psychological stress.
The harder, the more successful?
As an employee, you can significantly better prevent burnout symptoms and psychosomatic complaints of any kind. And also employee losses and the risks of chronic occupational diseases can be significantly reduced.
How a person is psychically resistant can also decide whether and how much professional success he has. The study also shows that executives often have a higher level of resilience than employees, as the study shows.
Only positive thinking for success?
This sounds a bit too positivistic and reminds me of neurolinguistic programming: I only practice my resilience long enough, then I will succeed already?
In my opinion, it's not that simple. And vice versa, everyone who is not successful has to reproach himself for not having practiced enough. So be careful with such statements, one shouldn't expect too much from “positive thinking”.
The more resistant, the more emotionally stable
After all: Employees with a high level of mental resilience, also called resilience, are obviously characterized by various factors: they do their work more conscientiously, get on better with other people and are more curious.
Above all, the study says, others perceive them as more emotionally stable. Note the statement “to be noticed”. That says little about the actual condition.
To control emotions and to resist them
Resilient people, according to the study, are better able to control their emotions, are more disciplined, empathetic, set themselves challenging goals time and again, and more often believe in their abilities.
The best way to improve the resilience of their employees is by giving them good guidance and control over their respective workspaces. In addition, bosses positively influence the satisfaction and health of their employees when they behave authentically, honestly, exemplary, and spiritually.
Resiliency as a crucial skill of managers
The psychological resistance seems to be an important indicator of the ability to be a superior, the study concludes. And then utter a pious wish:
As leadership quality also impacts on the business success of a company, the resilience of employees in the future should play a greater role in manager selection and development. Unfortunately, you often do the opposite experience in everyday life.
The undiscovered ability of the truly successful
But what are the abilities of really successful people? Can one even say that at all and really get to the bottom of the subject? One of the main skills is to control emotions and impulses with discipline, without suppressing them is one of those skills for him.
What sounds like squaring the circle actually helps us keep an eye on personal goals. Empathy allows resilient people to recognize the needs and moods of their environment. After all, it is also important to have a realistic, optimistic self-assessment as well as the basic conviction that you can cope with negative situations yourself.
Remember the strengths
Just like Jean Poirier: he was camera assistant for film in Montreal for eleven years. A dream job for many, but it came up against its limits at some point: "I lacked the contacts to really make a career in the industry," he recognized with fine antennae.
Instead of sticking to the supposed dream at any cost, he looked at his situation with a healthy sense of reality: he could not change the playing rules of the industry.
Resiliency saved more damage
But he remembered his strengths and changed jobs. Did another nine-month apprenticeship. Today he runs his own outdoor company in Baie-Saint-Paul north of Quebec City. "A lot of colleagues didn't understand that at the time," Jean told me. But he always had his goal clearly in mind and was convinced that he was doing the right thing.
His resilience finally saved him from major damage: "When the economic crisis came, many former colleagues became unemployed and didn't know what to do next," reports Jean. But with good intuition he had sought a path in life that really suited him.
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