Why Resilience is a Core Skill for Project Management
Updated: Nov 18, 2020
Resilient people tap into their strengths and support systems to overcome challenges and work through problems. They build strong connections and relationships with others. They also nurture the work networks they have developed, consistently building trust with others.
Why is this important for the delivery of projects?
A successfully delivered project will almost always have unexpected events, obstacles, and difficulties. Resilient project managers are better equipped to cope.
Heather Craig's recent article describes highly resilient people will do what they can to help another person to achieve success in the workplace They are a team-player who aims for a win-win with their colleagues. All characteristics required when working on complex projects. Resilient people avoid ‘burnout’ by managing the stress of projects effectively, so it is not overwhelming and detrimental.
Resilience - a critical project delivery skill?
People who display resilience notice particular patterns in their thinking that may be impeding their chance at occupational success (Davis Laak, 2014). This awareness promotes a capacity to cope with stress and unexpected challenges and adapt to them. They are also more skilled at dealing with setbacks and have the capacity to move on after they encounter a stumbling block.
However, a surprising finding in the recent research was that resilient people don’t take the work environment too seriously. They introduce an element of ‘play’ to the workplace, which further fosters positive emotions amongst team members.
Dealing with change
Particularly now, workplaces are typified by change - imposing a need to be flexible and adaptive. Resilient workers are seen to be more able to manage inevitable changes and deal with novel scenarios.
Read Heather's full article here.