Resilience: Setbacks as an Opportunity to Learn


Resilience and agility are two very important traits businesses and leaders need.

For example, those that were resilient and agile during COVID-19 challenges, were the ones that succeeded. Those that could pivot, managed not only to survive, but to thrive.

Being able to build resilience as a leader is a key trait (and one to always look for when hiring).

In part, resilience is about learning how to bounce back from setbacks.

Every leap forward in my career came after encountering a problem or experiencing difficulty. This is often when we’re more open to seeing new opportunities we would otherwise miss.

So here’s what to do when you have a big setback:

  • Take a big deep breath.
  • Get over it as soon as you can.
  • Take on board the lessons that needed to be learnt.
  • Open your eyes and look for the opportunities. These might be in professional growth, new doors opening or something you hadn’t thought about or spotted before.

Taking a learning approach to things that go wrong will make you more resilient and agile, and pave the way to new opportunities.