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Strategies for Becoming a Resilient Leader
Leading teams can be difficult and leading teams during times of crisis can feel overwhelming. The science of resilience helps us to understand what skills, behaviors and attitudes are essential to navigate challenges and lead in ways that help our teams “bounce back” and move forward. Resilient leadership is the term used to describe those leadership behaviors that help others withstand crisis, adapt to or rebound from adversity (George Everly, Johns Hopkins University). As we navigate the current climate, leading with a resilience mindset is essential. In this presentation, participants will learn a holistic framework for promoting resilience within staff and themselves. The Devereux Resilient Leadership Survey (DERLS) will be used to help participants reflect on their own leadership behaviors and their impact on staff resilience. In addition, participants will learn strategies that they can start to use right away that support the resilience of their colleagues. Lastly, participants will reflect on their own personal resilience, recognizing that we all need to take care of our own resilience so that we are able to then promote the resilience of those we lead.

Participants will learn:
-What factors contribute to being a resilient adult and a resilient leader
-How the Devereux Resilient Leadership Survey (DERLS) can be used to explore characteristics and behaviors related to adult resilience
-How to use the DERLS as a tool to help identify specific, practical behaviors and strategies to promote a culture of resilience in the workplace

May 25, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D.
Early Childhood Specialist & National Trainer @Devereux Center for Resilient Children
Nefertiti received her undergraduate degree from Virginia State University, her graduate degree from Chestnut Hill College in Pennsylvania, and her Doctoral of Education Degree from Walden University. Prior to joining the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC), Nefertiti worked as a Preschool and Kindergarten teacher in the city of Philadelphia. Since joining DCRC in 2002, Nefertiti has provided professional development and presentations that focus on educating parents, teachers, and administrators on the importance of paying attention to not only how children perform academically, but also how they feel, social and emotionally. Most recently, she has co-authored two resources: Building Your Bounce: Simple Strategies for a Resilient You and the award-winning Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure: 50 Activities to Promote Resilience in Young Children.