23 Incredibly Useful Resilience Quotes For Business Leaders

resilience quotes for business leaders
Resilience quotes for business leaders

Growing personal resilience is a vital part of human existence. It helps our survival through evolution and upheavals – in life and in business. A quick and effective way to build resilience is finding a quote that motivates one to take action in the face of leadership crises.

In times as these of Covid-19 pandemic, when there are sweeping business losses and innumerable leaders standing at crossroads, these quotes may come as rescue.

A great quote that resonates with you, always empowers you in turbulent times. It becomes a secret mantra to recite in your mind to inspire yourself out of the downturns.

23 Incredibly Inspiring Resilience Quotes For Business Leaders

Here are 23 motivating quotes on resilience to inspire the business leader in you in times of crises and setbacks:

1. As much as talent counts, effort counts twice. — Angela Duckworth

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2. Resilience or hardiness is the ability to adapt to new circumstances when life presents the unpredictable. — Salvatore R. Maddi

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3. Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly. — Robert F. Kennedy

those who dare greatly

4. Resiliency is the ability to spring back from and successfully adapt to adversity. — Nan Henderson

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5. When we learn how to become resilient, we learn how to embrace the beautifully broad spectrum of the human experience. — Jaeda Dewalt

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6. Resilience is based on compassion for ourselves as well as compassion for others. — Sharon Salzberg

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7. Resilience is overcoming adversity, whilst also potentially changing, or even dramatically transforming, (aspects of) that adversity. — Angie Hart

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8. Resilience is the strength and speed of our response to adversity — and we can build it. It isn’t about having a backbone. It’s about strengthening the muscles around our backbone. — Sheryl Sandberg

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9. The human capacity for burden is like bamboo – far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance. ― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

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10. Resilience isn’t a single skill. It’s a variety of skills and coping mechanisms. To bounce back from bumps in the road as well as failures, you should focus on emphasizing the positive. — Jean Chatzky

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11. Sometimes carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement. ― Albert Camus

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12. Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good. — Elizabeth Edwards

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13. Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. ― J.K. Rowling

Rock bottom became the solid foundation

14. To be rendered powerless does not destroy your humanity. Your resilience is your humanity. The only people who lose their humanity are those who believe they have the right to render another human being powerless. They are the weak. To yield and not break, that is incredible strength. — Hannah Gadsby

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15. She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails. ― Elizabeth Edwards

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16. That which does not kill us makes us stronger. — The most famous quote on resilience by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche

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17. When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. — Viktor Frankl (1905-1997), psychiatrist, Holocaust survivor, author of the evergreen classic on resilience: Man’s Search for Meaning

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18. But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer. — Viktor Frankl

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19. It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop. ― Dieter Friedrich Uchtdorf

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20. May I have the serenity to accept things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. — The Serenity Prayer by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr

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21. It is really wonderful how much resilience there is in human nature. Let any obstructing cause, no matter what, be removed in any way, even by death, and we fly back to first principles of hope and enjoyment. ― Bram Stoker, Dracula

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22. I spent my young adult years postponing many of the small things that I knew would make me happy… I was fortunate enough to realize that I would never have the time unless I made the time. And then the rest of my life began. ― Christopher Peterson, Positive Psychologist

23. The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed. ― Ernest Hemingway

The 10 Scientific Ways To Build Resilience by American Psychological Association

Resilience is not a fixed trait. It is dynamic, and we can develop and build it in ourselves.

The American Psychological Association (APA) suggests the following 10 ways to build resilience:

  1. to maintain good relationships with close family members, friends and others
  2. to avoid seeing crises or stressful events as unbearable problems
  3. to accept circumstances that cannot be changed
  4. to develop realistic goals and move towards them
  5. to take decisive actions in adverse situations
  6. to look for opportunities of self-discovery after a struggle with loss
  7. to develop self-confidence
  8. to keep a long-term perspective and consider the stressful event in a broader context
  9. to maintain a hopeful outlook, expecting good things and visualizing what is wished
  10. to take care of one’s mind and body, exercising regularly, paying attention to one’s own needs and feelings

Video of Resilience Quotes

Here is a short video of resilience quotes to motivate you to recoil and bounce back stronger after leadership failures:

Resilience Quotes: Inspiration To Bounce Back

Final Words

Resilience is bouncing back from an adversity, often to a state stronger and better than before.

There are several scientifically proven ways to cultivate and build resilience in people; find out here. But resilience quotes when used as oft-repeated mantras can have a quick and powerful effect on your mindset.

Sheryl Sandberg, the billionaire philanthropist and Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, writes in the book she co-authored with Adam Grant, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, And Finding Joy:

We all encounter hardships. Some we see coming; others take us by surprise. It can be as tragic as the sudden death of a child, as heartbreaking as a relationship that unravels, or as disappointing as a dream that goes unfulfilled. The question is: When these things happen, what do we do next?

— Sheryl Sandberg

Finally, remember grief is our natural response to loss.  It’s the emotional pain we feel when something or someone we deeply care for is taken away. Grief could be due to personal loss or business loss.

In such times, you can build a belief of resilience, and hope that things will be back to normal even after the worst of events.

Grief and resilience live together. — Michelle Obama

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So, stand up back and keep going through these hardships. Make one of these quotes your mantra to chant during the hard times to reinforce your spirits. You are a resilient one, in body and mind and spirit.

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Author Bio: Created and edited by Sandip Roy – medical doctor, psychology writer, happiness researcher. Founder of Happiness India Project, and chief editor of its blog. He writes popular-science articles on positive psychology and related medical topics.


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