Self-Leadership and Personal Resilience in Health and Social Care is essential reading for professionals making judgements under pressure. It demonstrates how self-leadership is not only about surviving but thriving in a continually changing environment and introduces key theories, skills and debates to help professionals deliver high quality professional practice every day. The book focuses in on the quality of professional thinking, self- and social awareness, self-regulation and self-management, and the fundamentals of sustained resilience.

Self-leadership and Resilience: A Key to Appropriate Professional Judgement under Pressure

Self-leadership and resilience: A key to appropriate professional judgement under pressure


This chapter has a closer look at resilience and its importance in ensuring individuals are in the best position ‘to do the right thing’, in relation to exercising appropriate professional judgement. It identifies from the research what being resilient looks like and what constitutes professional judgement within Health and Social Care. It also examines briefly the specific role of reflection within professional practice.

Southwick and Charney (2012, p6) describe resilience in individuals ‘as the ability to bounce back after encountering difficulty … and fundamentally related to the experience and management of stress’ (p13). It is a form of mental health, and the World Health ...

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