Developing Leaders Issue 36: 2020 | 17 Leadership What do we mean by resilience in business? First, let us be clear about what resilience means in business, because context matters. Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, threat or significant stress (American Psychological Association). So, when we talk about resilient leaders, what does this look like in practice? Endurance and perseverance are certainly behaviours you would expect. But resourcefulness should not be overlooked either. Being adaptive and clear sighted enough to create what Sheryl Sandberg calls an ‘Option B’ when the original game fails, is a key component of business resiliency.