By Claire Cooper, Rajneesh Bhandari, Emma Totten and Cody Matera
Leading with energy, or resilience mastery, was listed as the most challenging area of leadership by 92% of CEOs surveyed for the book Leadership from the Inside Out by Kevin Cashman. Leading with energy can be challenging because energy is divided between so many different assets- hobbies, work, employees, family, and more. As E.B. White said, “I arise each morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world. It makes it very hard to plan the day!”
When a leader fails to lead with energy, it can lead to problems with health, work situations and home life. Dr. Leonard Poon conducted a 5-year study on what healthy, productive centenarians can teach leaders and determined they all shared four common characteristics: optimism, engagement, mobility and adaptability to loss.
Resilience mastery comes down to one key concept: how to live your life while making a living, and how to find the balance between keeping yourself energized and happy while inspiring others to live a life that is full of energy as well.
A key to leading with energy is learning to balance hobbies and personal actions that give energy, while bringing energy to the workplace and finding meaning and joy in everyday life, as Scott Dinsmore discusses in this TED talk.
10 signs of reliance mastery
- smooth, abundant energy
- ability to focus deeply
- internally driven motivation
- fulfilling, intimate relationships
- creativity and innovation
- vitality and enthusiasm
- little or no usage of caffeine, nicotine or alcohol
- achievement with ease
- optimal productivity
- feeling “on top of” situations
10 signs of lack of resilience
- nervous, manic energy
- wandering, unfocused mind
- externally driven motivation
- strain in relationships
- dullness, lack of inspiration
- depression and fatigue
- regular usage of caffeine, nicotine or alcohol
- achievement via strain and effort
- less than optimal productivity
- feeling “overshadowed” by situation
A great way to hone Resilience Mastery is to apply Jane Feldman’s “CIA Model” to your life. What is it that you can: Control, Influence, and Accept in a given situation?
The essence of resilience mastery and leading with energy is simple: find ways to energize yourself and rejuvenate yourself to better enhance your skills as a leader, boss and person as shown in this video below.