The CORE framework from the Center for Creative Leadership outlines a whole-self path for organization to address physical, mental, emotional, and social resilience.
Resilience is the ability to adaptively respond to challenges and avoid the burnout and feelings of being overwhelmed that can damage the well-being, health and performance of leaders and employees. Improving resilience in an organization leads to higher feelings of engagement, less burnout, less stress, less conflict, and overall higher performance.
Based on decades of research into resilience, leadership, and engagement, a team of researchers from the Center for Creative Leadership propose a framework for leadership resilience called the CORE (Comprehensive Resilience) framework.
The framework takes a whole-self approach to the issue, focusing on the physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of an individual’s resilience.
Physical resilience refers to the body’s ability to fight stress and fatigue with strength and stamina.
Mental resilience refers to the mind’s ability to stay sharp, aware, and creative, avoiding the slow degradation of cognitive abilities.
Emotional resilience refers to the ability to keep emotions in check, and to respond with deliberate consideration of the feelings involved, instead of resorting to automatic, reactionary responses.
Social resilience refers to an individual’s ability to work with others, handling and recovering from high-stress social situations.
The framework also identifies eight everyday practices effective in boosting resilience—each practice supported by empirical studies from academic researchers:
While many organizations have begun to implement wellness programs, many have no resilience programs or offer narrow resilience programs focused on one approach.
The breadth of the four resilience areas and eight practices described above demonstrate the diversity of ways to help leaders and employees become more resilient to stress and burnout.
To introduce resilience practices into the organization, leadership development programs might include modules devoted to learning about resilience and practices. Other organizational initiatives, such as mindfulness programs, can also be effective. Finally, leaders can regularly engage in specific resilience practices, such as taking a moment at the beginning of every meeting to express gratitude.
The CORE Framework offers a cohesive guide for companies and individual leaders to begin addressing and improving resilience in the organization, leading to overall higher levels of leader and employee satisfaction, well-being, and performance.
Building Leadership Resilience: The CORE Framework. Katha Fernandez, Cathleen Clerkin, and Marian N. Ruderman. Center for Creative Leadership Report. (2020).
Further Relevant Resources:
Katya Fernandez’s LinkedIn profile
Cathleen Clerkin’s LinkedIn profile
Marian Ruderman’s profile Center for Creative Leadership
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