Building Leadership Resilience in Turbulent Times

The programme is modular. Enrol before 5pm CET Monday 9 November

Begins 9am CET Monday 16 November

Building Leadership Resilience in Turbulent Times

Programme Overview

“…for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – Hamlet, William Shakespeare

Business leaders will say that these are difficult times – they are. However, your thoughts probably make them seem more difficult than they need to be. In this recognition lies the key to building resilience in not just these, but any times. Resilience allows you to learn from adverse circumstances and emerge stronger. This derives from your ability to manage thoughts.

Thoughts and beliefs lie at the root of many problems. For instance, you might believe that if revenues don’t come back this quarter, you will face a disaster. Successful people don’t like negative thoughts and so deal with them by working hard to not think about them or, perhaps, drinking a lot. Usually, this doesn’t make them go away.

During the programme you will explore different ways to deal with thoughts and feelings that weaken resilience. You will learn to be aware of the thoughts going through you, objectify them, and so reduce their power over you. The key takeaway is that resilience is a choice. Viktor Frankl said that, “The last of the human freedoms is to choose how we react to any given set of circumstances.” The programme shows leaders how they can rediscover choice in their reactions to adverse circumstances.

Building Leadership Resilience in Turbulent Times is a workshop, not a conceptual conversation. You should come prepared to examine your inner dialogue and the way in which it might be impeding your effectiveness.

Session 1: Thoughts, feelings, and their impact on behaviour

  • You begin by paying attention to the diverse thoughts that go through your head
  • You further recognise that thoughts are closely correlated with their behaviour – negative thoughts are associated with dysfunctional behaviour
  • You experience how instinctive approaches to managing negative thoughts, such as suppressing them, don’t work

Session 2: Reducing the impact of negative effects

  • An alternative to avoiding thoughts, lies in accepting that we are having them
  • Once we accept the thoughts we have, we can work on reducing their unproductive effects on our behaviour. You learn cognitive techniques that reduce the power of negative thoughts

Session 3: Building general capacity to self-regulate and raise resilience

  • The preceding techniques work well with small sets of recurrent negative thoughts. Mindfulness helps build a more general capacity to deal with negative thoughts. Unfortunately, attempts to be mindful often fail, so you understand how to set yourself up to succeed
  • Finally, you connect to those aspects of your lfe that give you meaning. Aligning actions with meaningful goals is energising and builds resilience.

Programme Director

Narayan Pant

Professor of Management Practice
Raoul de Vitry d'Avaucourt Chair in Leadership Development

Narayan Pant is the director of the open enrolment programme: LEAP: Leadership Excellence through Awareness and Practice.

Narayan Pant spends much of his time working with senior leaders to improve leadership judgment. In his view, leadership marks itself at the fulcrum of decision "when leaders make choices". Consequently, supporting leaders in the moment of decision has to be a critical part of leadership development.

Today, Professor Pant spends quite a bit of his time examining how leaders present themselves in their roles. In his view, leaders "and indeed the rest of us" repeat behaviour patterns that were once successful. The ability to unlearn, examine and relearn behaviour frequently arises from mindful attention to the moment. Leaders seeking to improve their effectiveness can do so by practicing attention, which in turn can help them identify areas for improvement in their behaviour.

Read Professor Pant's full profile

Dates and Delivery

Reflecting today's busy schedules and INSEAD's global outreach, the programme is delivered over three half days.

Please note, sessions are not interchangeable. 

All times shown below are in CET Paris time. Enrolment deadline: 5pm CET Monday 9th November

Session 1: 9am to 12.30pm CET Monday 16th November

Session 2: 9am to 12.30pm CET Tuesday 17th November

Session 3: 9am to 12.30pm CET Wednesday 18th November

Practical Information

Recommendations for a successful learning experience:

After enrolment and payment on the Eventbrite platform, what happens next?

You will receive an email from INSEAD the week before the programme starts, providing you with your unique and personal access code and link to enrol on the programme (please monitor your junk folder in case it ends up here). As soon as you receive this email and to avoid complications on the day of the programme, we strongly advise that you click on the link and complete your enrolment straight away.

How can I ensure successful participation?

  • Save the session dates in your calendar for easy reference
  • Start your connection 15 minutes early, so that you have time to adjust the audio
  • For an optimal experience, connect using Google Chrome which is fully compatible with Barco technology. Otherwise you can connect using the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox or Safari if connecting on MAC. Please do not use Internet Explorer
  • Ensure you have a stable broadband internet connection
  • Close all other applications on your computer
  • Connect individually from your computer with a headset and microphone for best audio
  • Keep your webcam open throughout the session
  • Note there is no dial-up connection, nor compatibility with mobile phones 

Who do I contact if I have questions about my enrolment? 

Send an email to [email protected], providing details of the problem.

Enrol and Pay

Get the INSEAD experience wherever you are in the world. Challenging, inspirational and transformative, INSEAD GO-Live delivers tangible and lasting impact from the word go.

Resilience in the Crisis will be delivered over three half days. Visit 'Dates and Delivery' to view the complete set of dates and times.

Click on the link below, enrol and pay, and save the programme in your calendar.

Programme fee: 2790 SGD

Alumni fee: 1690 SGD

 Enrol and pay: starts 9am CET Monday 16th November


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