The New Way to Measure Resilience

We’re very excited to welcome the release of a new tool this week: The Hardiness Resilience Gauge. Backed by decades of research and development, this assessment allows us valuable insight into a person’s ability to cope with stressful and unexpected situations and bounce back from adversity.

What is Resilience?

Organisations often talk about wanting employees and leaders to be more resilient, but what does this really mean? Resilience is the ability to bounce back from and persevere through challenges, and to be flexible and adaptable in unexpected situations. It is made up of a number of factors, one of which is hardiness. Hardiness is a set of psychological qualities that characterize people who continue to perform well under stressful conditions.

Why it matters

Hardy individuals are more likely to be dedicated to their work, have better relationships with coworkers, have more adaptive coping skills, and have greater satisfaction and a stronger sense of purpose and meaning both in work and outside it. They also tend to be more effective leaders and less likely to experience burnout.

Understanding and developing workers’ hardiness and resilience can bring numerous benefits. While the ability to cope with challenges is relevant to all workplaces, it can be especially important in highly stressful occupations, such as emergency first responders, the military, sport, and healthcare. In the technology sector where change is constant, or organisations undergoing large changes for example a merger or acquisition, it’s important to identify those who may need development so they do not experience the negative consequences of stress.

MHS Podcast with Dr. Steve Stein

In the clip below, Dr. Steven Stein, founder and executive chairman of MHS, talks about his excitement around the new Hardiness Resilience Gauge. He and Danny Faurote discuss the three Cs of Hardiness: Challenge, Control, and Commitment.

Challenge relates to how a person perceives challenges and changes: are they seen as a novel opportunity to learn and grow? Hardier individuals embrace change and see new situations as exciting.

Control is about having a sense of belief in oneself that you can influence outcomes in your life. If someone is lower in this aspect, they may feel more like a victim of circumstances in their life, or believe that good things happen to them by luck or fate.

Commitment relates to being engaged and pursuing meaningful and interesting activities in life. Being higher in commitment usually shows a person who is striving to reach their full potential.


If you’re interested in learning more about this exciting new tool, you can register for our complimentary breakfast briefing on the 24th January 2019 in the Irish Management Institute, Dublin. Contact for more information or to register your place.