It is probably no surprise to Montanans that the most resilient and successful cohort of young professionals are those that come from farm and ranch backgrounds! If we de-construct why that is true, we realize that people are more stable and develop a stronger locus of control when they have opportunities to do meaningful work. Farm and ranch kids grow up being responsible for keeping animals alive, growing food that feeds the world and helping their own family to sustain a living. You would be hard pressed to find work that is more meaningful than that!

This cohort also experiences less stress and less drama due to the required patience that comes with working with animals and crops. Patience is foundational for a person to be indomitably resilient.

How can we grow a culture of resilience in our workplace? What type of leadership causes stress and drama and which type is stabilizing?

According to a recent study at Google, these are the qualities of a workplace that strengthen team trust and employee resiliency:

  • Psychological Safety – Team members know that they can be vulnerable, take risks and make mistakes. Leadership is adaptable but consistent.
  • Dependability – Team members get things done on time and meet the organization’s high bar of excellence. Leaders recognize when the team is being pushed too hard and take intentional breaks.
  • Structure and Clarity – Team members have clear roles, plans and goals. Leaders work to “clear the decks” for their team, removing obstacles.
  • Meaning – Work is personally important to team members. Leaders acknowledge successes and contributions regularly.
  • Impact – Team members know that their work matters to others. Leaders consistently remind team members why their work matters to others.

Please join us at the Rocky Mountain Center for Women in Leadership event to learn more about becoming an indomitably resilient leader.