How leaders can become more resilient

CBI president and Tesco chair John Allan focuses on adaptability, proper planning and teamwork.

by John Allan

I first sat on a board in 1986 but it was at least 15 years before I heard the word resilience used at that level. It wasn’t something we thought about. Now, leaders ignore resilience at their peril. It is a priority - and it requires thoughtful and committed leadership, planning, innovation and specialist skills.

I was recently invited by Resilience First to speak on leadership in resilience to their members. Afterwards, I was asked if boards are now sufficiently mature and evolved around this issue. Sadly, I had to say no. It’s improving, but there is still a long way to go.

There are three things leaders can do to improve their visibility of risks and ensure their organisations are better prepared to withstand them and recover well.

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