Emotional Reslience

We're pleased to announce the publication of Emotional Resilience in Leadership research, co-authored by Jonny Miller (Curious Humans) and Studio D Founder Jan Chipchase.

The research identifies the causes and costs of burnout, and how to achieve emotional resilience. Starting questions include:
  • How prevalent is burnout in our community?
  • What are the common triggers that lead to burnout in leaders?
  • What are the hidden costs of burnout—on individuals, teams and organisations?
  • What are the barriers to creating a culture that supports resilient leaders?
  • What are the tools, techniques and strategies for resilience? 
  • Given this insight, what is the life we want to lead? Hint: its not about absorbing more punishment.

As a first step, we launched the Emotional Resilience in Leadership Survey and expected ~50 responses. We received 261 replies, with most respondents spending over an hour answering open ended questions sharing stories that detailed the causes and costs of burn-out. For those of you who contributed—thank-you for the openness of your replies.

We spent two-months analysing the data, conducted a COVID-19 follow-up survey, 26 follow-up interviews, plus 14 interviews with practitioners in the field of emotional resilience. 

There are two main parts to the Emotional Resilience in Leadership research. 

  1. Emotional Resilience in Leadership Presentation PDF presentation. Includes a high-level overview of the data, and deeper dive on two frameworks.
  2. Emotional Resilience in Leadership Report gDoc report. Includes more source data and analysis from the survey and introduces a toolkit and strategies for resilience.

This first survey explored the edges of the domain. Remaining true to the process and content we've avoided over designing these deliverables. Over the next year we want to explore prevalence, enable self- and organisational- assessment, benchmarks and comparisons. Ultimately we want to help organisations make the case for supporting emotional wellbeing by demonstrating a clear return on investment.

We welcome your feedback, contributions and putting the word out about the report.