Being a transformational leader is hard. Any time you’re in a position of authority, you’re bound to get some pushback, and to experience some setbacks and obstacles. What separates the truly great transformational leaders from the so-so ones is resilience—the ability to take some lumps and bruises but keep plunging ahead.

You might assume resilience is one of those things you’re either born with or you’re not—but I disagree. I think it’s a quality you can actively cultivate. Let me show you how.

How to Build Resilience


  1. Don’t depend on others for your sense of worth.

Simply put, you can’t expect other people to soothe you when things go wrong. Learn how to give yourself some positive self-talk—reminding yourself that you’re a valuable and self-sufficient person, even in times of frustration.

  1. Be careful in the company you keep.

While it’s definitely important to develop some self-sufficiency, the reality is that the attitudes of the people around you can’t help but influence you. As such, developing resilience may require you to cut ties with people who inject too much negativity or toxicity into your life.

  1. Seek learning opportunities.

It may sound a little cliché, but failures always present you with a chance to learn. However, it’s up to you to seek them out. Develop a habit of taking a self-inventory after setbacks, ensuring that you’re taking something positive even from negative experiences.

4. Learn how to pivot. 

Keep your eyes on the prize! Align yourself with some healthy long-term goals, and if the road you’re taking to that goal comes up short, consider some alternate paths. View failures not as final outcomes, but as chances to pivot.

  1. Practice self-care.

Finally, to be resilient, you’ve got to know how to tend to your physical and emotional needs. Make sure you eat right and sleep enough to maximize strength and creative focus each day. And, have some healthy stress outlets—especially for days that are tough.

Those are just a few recommendations for developing resilience; I’d love to share some more! Reach out today and let’s talk about how to be a strong and determined transformational leader.

You can contact me at or call 888-267-6098. How to Become a Resilient Leader, Solutions-Oriented Leader book

Dr. Rick Goodman’s Solutions-Oriented Leader book is now available to order online. In this first-of-a-kind, comprehensive guide, author Dr. Rick Goodman leads you through the everyday challenges of the modern workplace while providing you with easy-to-implement solutions to achieve world-class results!

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