During and after the Industrial Revolution, the work mantra was almost “leave yourself at home”, but today we understand that employees are human beings regardless of location. Managers are often confronted by a situation where an employee’s personal life negatively affects their work performance and they cannot deal with it independently.

Throughout our lives, we encounter numerous stressors that test our resilience. Typically, these challenges arise from external events affecting us individually or collectively. However, we must also consider the challenges we impose on ourselves. How do we maintain resilience when the difficulties are self-inflicted? How do we endure a storm of our own making?

Resilience is all about coping in difficult situations, adapting to trying circumstances, and weathering the storms of life. This gives us an inward focus when discussing resilience, but we often forget that this means resilience is connected to our emotions and our emotional intelligence.

Resilience is one of those words that we use, often without defining or explaining which type of resilience we are referring to. For many, resilience is about ‘having grit’, pushing through against the odds, keeping your emotions to yourself, never letting go, and never giving up.

Imagine someone you consider resilient. You might envision a strong individual with unwavering resolve, someone who remains steadfast and unyielding, akin to the hero in a classic cowboy film, reminiscent of a character like John Wayne.