By Sarah McDuling
When it comes to resilience in business, the simple truth is that it isn’t all that different from resilience outside business.
Resilience is defined by the ability to recover after a setback, to adapt quickly to change and persevere when faced with adversity. Learning how to view failures as opportunities, to remain calm in stressful situations, to build a supportive social network and take the time to clarify your goals… these are all important life skills that everyone should have both in their professional and personal lives.
The components that help make a person happy and successful in their personal life (self-assurance, life goals, friends) are the exact same components that help make people successful in business. For example, most strategies to build resilience in business tend to revolve around four key elements: Confidence, Purpose, Social Support and Adaptability.
When you consider those four key elements, it starts to become clear that in many ways, a ‘resilient’ person is really just an optimistic and emotionally stable person. Or in other words, a happy person. If you want to build your resilience, you need to work towards increasing your self-confidence and maintaining a positive outlook.
The reading list on this page contains an inspiring selection of books about resilience. Here you will find some of the best ‘how to’ guides, full of useful tips and strategies to help you build the skills you need to improve your business life, as well as your personal life.
Reading these books will help you develop skills to cope with a stressful work environment, manage time effectively, deal with sudden upheavals and adapt to change. Most importantly, these books will teach you the importance of looking after yourself so that you are better equipped to deal with whatever problems and setbacks may come your way.
When we hear the word ‘resilience’ we so often associate it with being strong, tough and determined. The books on this list will help you to understand that ‘resilience’ isn’t really about strength. It’s about emotional intelligence, positive thinking and self-care.
A resilient person is a happy person… so happy reading!
Books to inspire resilience
RESILIENCE BY HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
This book reveals the traits of those who emerge stronger from challenges. It also provides advice on training your brain to withstand the stresses of daily life and presents an approach to an effective career reboot.
DIGITAL RESILIENCE BY RAY ROTHROCK
This powerful guide provides the digital resilience-building strategies you need to prevail – no matter what strikes.
RESILIENCE AT WORK BY DEBORAH M KHOSHABA, SALVATORE R MADDI
Why do some people remain so calm and collected in the face of looming deadlines, combative meetings, impending layoffs, and turbulent changes? And why are these seemingly unflappable people the ones who consistently get ahead in their lives and their careers? This book provides the answers.
HOW TO BE HAPPY BY LIGGY WEBB
You can make the decision right now to be happier if you really want to be, says author Liggy Webb. Life is what you make it, she says, so learn how to be happy, effective and energetic.
OPTION B BY SHERYL SANDBERG, ADAM GRANT
From Facebook’s COO and Wharton’s top-rated professor, this powerful, inspiring, and practical book is about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.
FLY! BY RICHARD DE CRESPIGNY
In Fly!, Richard de Crespigny shares the insights and techniques he built up over decades in the high-pressure world of military and civilian aviation. Covering leadership, teamwork, risk assessment, decision-making, crisis management, lifelong resilience and more.
POSITIVE THINKING BY GILL HASSON
This book gives readers the tools to view life with a positive outlook and charge ahead in achieving goals that once seemed out of reach.
TRAIN THE BRAVE BY MARGIE WARRELL
Train the Brave is a handbook for being more courageous. Written for busy people on the go, its short, focused chapters provide practical tools and empowering perspectives to help you build your ‘courage muscles’ in work, relationships and life.
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS BY CHRIS GARDNER, QUINCY TROUPE
The astounding yet true rags-to-riches saga of a homeless father who raised and cared for his son on the mean streets of San Francisco and went on to become a crown prince of Wall Street.
Sarah McDuling is the Senior Content Producer for Booktopia and the Editor of the Booktopian Blog.
This article originally appeared in the June 2019 edition of Leadership Matters, IML ANZ’s quarterly magazine.