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How to Build Leadership Resilience

Discover the resilience skills needed to succeed as a leader and help your team navigate difficult times.

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How to Build Leadership Resilience

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Define resilience in the context of leadership

Demands on leaders are rising, making resilience critical.

On this three-week course from Nottingham Trent University, you’ll develop strategies to thrive, not just survive, in challenging times.

You’ll examine what resilience means and its impact on effective leadership.

Learn how to maximise opportunity through leadership resilience

Whilst most resilience training focuses on adversity, resilience can also be a reaction or result of positive events.

You’ll learn how protective factors and resilient qualities can enable the pursuit of goals, helping you identify opportunities for personal and organisational development.

Develop coping strategies for managing stress and adversity

Leaders must balance organisational achievement and employee wellbeing and these demands often come at a personal cost.

You’ll identify common stressors in leadership contexts and learn practical strategies and tools including the Perceived Stress Scale to help manage responses to stress.

With this knowledge, you’ll be able to increase your awareness of the neurological and biological impact of stress, and recognise stress indicators in yourself and others.

Model resilient behaviour using practical leadership strategies

Reflecting on your own experiences, you’ll identify resilient behaviours. Collaborating with fellow learners, you’ll explore different perspectives on resilience and develop good practices.

Equipped with a range of practical resources, you’ll end this course having increased your resilience skill set. You’ll have the tools and confidence to address challenging situations as an effective and adaptable leader.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds Hello. My name is Suzanne Ross and I’m a senior lecturer in executive education at Nottingham Business School. Nottingham Trent University. I’m founder of two Thrive consultancy, and I’m also a qualified and experienced leadership coach. Welcome to developing your leadership resilience. The purpose of the course is to help you as leaders to develop your ability to not just cope but thrive during challenging and difficult times. The course runs over three weeks in the first week. What we’ll be looking at is the concept of resilience. How do we define resilience? And most importantly, what does it mean for you to be resilient? We’ll look at resilience in the context of leadership, which is a relatively new field of study.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 seconds In the second week, what will start to look out are the antecedents to resilience. So by that we mean if resilience is a reaction and a response, what is it a reaction and a response to? So we’ll look at stress. We’ll look at adversity. But leadership is also about maximizing the opportunities and being resilient and confident to be able to go for those opportunities. I really appreciate that you’re so busy and taking the time out to reflect on this is really difficult. But it’s exactly when we’re busy that we need to press pause, step back and reflect and consider if there are more effective ways of navigating difficult times.

Skip to 1 minute and 41 seconds My own experience with resilience started around 15 years ago when I was in an international leadership role. I had three children under eight. I had just started a master’s and life threw me a curveball. Both my husband and my father were diagnosed terminally ill with cancer, and I had to consciously and unconsciously draw on strategies, skills, behaviors to help me navigate those difficult times. I then went on to do a doctorate in leadership, talent, success and derailment, and I was looking at what is it that those really successful leaders are doing to help them be successful? And what is it that causes leaders to stall, plateau, fail, or derail? And time and time again, resilience emerged as that critical scale.

Skip to 2 minutes and 34 seconds I really hope you enjoy the course. Please add your name to the comments below and I’d really love to understand what you’d like to get out of the course. I’m really looking forward to working with you.


  • Week 1

    Getting started

    • Welcome - Start here

      Welcome to the first activity on the How to Build Leadership Resilience course. The steps within the activity will provide you with essential course information.

    • Defining resilience

      What do we mean when we talk about "resilience"?

    • What does resilience mean for me?

      In this activity, we will explore what resilience means to you.

    • Resilience in context

      In this activity, we will place some context around our understanding of resilience. We end the week with a low-stakes quiz on the key topics covered in Week 1.

  • Week 2

    Stress and adversity

    • Maximising opportunity through resilience

      In this activity, we will look at two key areas of resilience: stressors and protective factors.

    • Understanding stress

      To understand stress, we must look first look at contributing factors and also the way we respond to stress. We end the week with a low-stakes quiz on the key topics covered in Week 2.

  • Week 3


    • Identifying strategies and approaches to developing resilience

      In this activity we will identify and reflect on a range of strategies and approaches to developing resilience.

    • Applying resilience strategies

      In this final activity, you will be asked to make and share a promise to your new resilient self. We end the course with a low-stakes quiz on the key topics covered over the past three weeks.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Reflect on the definition of resilience and what this means for you
  • Explore the importance of resilience in leadership
  • Identify the stress factors that cause you to need to be resilient as a leader
  • Develop strategies to enable you to not just cope but thrive during difficulties.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for leaders or current and aspiring leaders who want to expand their knowledge of resilience in the context of effective leadership and management.

What software or tools do you need?

Internet connection and access to a standard search engine.

Who will you learn with?

Senior Lecturer in Executive Education at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University. Founder of 2thrive Consultancy and a qualified experienced Executive Coach.

Who developed the course?

Nottingham Trent University

With over 40,000 students and staff spanning five university sites, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the largest and most influential higher education institutions in the country.

Nottingham Business School

Nottingham Business School’s (NBS) purpose is to provide research and education that combines academic excellence with positive impact on people, business and society.

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