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  • Josh Arnold

Creating Leadership Resilience: The Role of Supportive Communities

A group of diverse individuals working and collaborating with one another

Resilience in leadership entails the capacity to bounce back from adversity and setbacks. In today’s ever unpredictable business landscape, this attribute is indispensable.

As with many things, this resilience isn’t typically an innate quality, but rather one that matures through experience, exposure to challenges and a robust support system.

Understanding Leadership Resilience

Within the realm of leadership resilience, adaptability stands as a crucial sub trait. In the ever-evolving corporate environment, a leader’s capacity, and ability to adapt positively to whatever adversity the market, is paramount for personal and organisational survival.

Another key element of a leader’s resilience is their calculated risk-taking ability whilst maintaining a strong perspective of the organisation’s long-term vision. A leader must

be able to mitigate the chance of adversity through operational risk management, whilst being under pressure from subordinates and shareholders. These are just a few of the traits held by the highest and robust business leaders who combat adversity daily.

Common stressors for senior leaders often revolve around shareholder expectations, market volatility, crisis management, media relations and technological disruption.

Ascending to the senior leadership echelons can be a demanding and sometimes lonely journey characterised by a multitude of stress inducing elements that leaders must be able to withstand, adapt and move on from them. It is also common for leaders to tackle this journey alone, without asking for help or support; and this is where supportive communities come in.

What is a Supportive Community?

A supportive community comprises individuals who come together to foster encouragement, uplift one another, offer support, and exchange strategic insights about business challenges and opportunities. Various types of communities can be instrumental in an executive’s professional journey. One such being peer-support group, where experienced professionals with shared industry backgrounds or relevant role-specific issues can collaborate to brainstorm and extend mutual support. Another example of community is an online and forum space, where a leader can anonymously come and discuss with other like-minded leaders and provide support and advice.

Regardless of type of community, they all have one mutual goal; to support one another and grow as a group.

Sustaining Leadership Resilience Through Blend’s Community

Blend is an executive membership community, where senior leaders from diverse industries and backgrounds connect to celebrate cognitive diversity and support like-minded leaders on their professional growth journey. We like to refer to our platform as a community, as opposed to a network. It’s a safe space for leaders to collaborate, share ideas for tackling industry challenges and better their professional growth collectively.

The differentiator of our Blend community is that we unite members from a diverse range of industries functions, and backgrounds with an aim to breaking down industry silos connecting the different styles of thinking that our senior members bring to the table.

We believe that true leadership resilience comes from community support and encouragement, however with influence from our elevated diverse community will provide a variety of thinking which could, in turn, encourage different perspectives to adversity.

Whatever adversity you may face in your executive journey, you do not need to go through it alone.


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