How Your Hardiness Resilience Gauge Score Helps You Be a Better Leader

July 21, 2020

Have you ever wondered what makes some people better at handling stress than others? Or how some people seem to “bounce back” quickly from setbacks while others watch opportunities pass them by?

The answer is some people are more hardy and resilient than others.

What are Hardiness and Resilience?

Hardiness and resilience describe the way people see the world and make sense of their experiences. The more people see life as a series of opportunities and chances to grow, the more hardy and resilient they are. 

A person’s hardiness and resilience can play a critical role in many situations, and helping others develop theirs can improve workplace relationships, job satisfaction, and productivity levels.

What is the Hardiness Resilience Gauge? 

The Hardiness Resilience Gauge (HRG) is how hardiness and resilience are measured. 

Grounded in over 30 years of research and development, this tool helps you understand key characteristics that can enhance or undermine your stress resilience and adaptability. 

There are three components that make up a person’s hardiness level:

  1. Challenge: seeing change as exciting and an opportunity to learn and grow.
  2. Control: having a sense of self-efficiency and believing you can control your life.
  3. Commitment: being engaged with your life and finding meaning in the things you do.

In an earlier post, we talked about how developing your resilience can benefit your workplace, but today we’ll focus on your HRG score, what it means, and how you can use what you learn to become a better leader.

Your HRG Score Meaning

After taking the assessment, your results will be displayed on the Total Hardiness Scale, with 0 as the lowest and 150 as the highest.

This number is calculated from the results of the Challenge, Control, and Commitment scores. Where you score along this range is your overall Hardiness level. 

For example, if you score in the mid range, you’re likely a person who is prepared to tackle a stressful situation head-on. Instead of avoiding something, you’re likely to try to figure out how to fix it, and you’re typically able to handle stressful situations in a healthy way.  You can also adopt new strategies to continue to strengthen your hardiness overall.

Contact us to take your Hardiness Resilience Gauge assessment or invest in resilience training for yourself and your team.

Challenge HRG Score

Your Challenge score reflects how much you see change as exciting and an opportunity for learning and growth.

For example, if you score in the high range, you’re probably an open, curious and enthusiastic person who’s always willing to try new things. You’re probably easygoing, which means you do not find it difficult to adjust your goals and focus when you need to.

However, if you have a low score, you may be quite risk-averse, even to the point of turning down opportunities for advancement due to your fear of failure.

Your report would offer useful strategies to develop your Challenge skills and to enhance your skills during difficult periods. For example, you might find ways to become more comfortable with taking risks and facing challenges in your day-to-day life.

Control HRG Score

Your Control score reflects your belief that you can control or influence outcomes in your life.

For example, if you scored in the mid range here, you’re likely someone who can usually turn your attention towards whatever you can do to regain control of the situation. Lower scores would indicate that you have little to no belief that you can control your own life and the outcomes of the decisions you make.

If you score in the lower range, your report might offer valuable insight into how to develop limits that feel comfortable and help you achieve success, how to become more confident in your ability to control outcomes in your life, and actions you can take to build your confidence.

Commitment HRG Score

Your Commitment score reflects your ability to be engaged and to see most parts of your life as interesting and meaningful.

If you fall into the mid range you probably have a sense of purpose in your life and find the activities in which you participate fun and interesting. You probably take pride in your work. The higher your score, the more driven and motivated you likely are.

Information in this section of the report is tailored to help you understand what motivates you, and how to pursue your passions in positive and healthy ways. 

Balancing Your Hardiness

This section of your HRG report will show you the balance between the different facets of your hardiness profile. 

Hardiness works best when all three elements, Challenge, Control, and Commitment are aligned. If your results show that you have an imbalance between two or more of the three elements, your report will suggest ways to explore how they may impact how you interpret and react to experiences.

How HRG Helps You Be a Better Leader

Understanding your HRG helps you to be a better leader in three critical ways:

  1. By understanding yourself, you can better understand others and develop personal development strategies for others that help the business succeed.

  2. Building your Hardiness level helps you stay calm and react with empathy and grace under pressure – something team members will appreciate about you.

  3. By understanding the environmental factors that cause stress, you can address and coach team members through open communication.

Learn Your HRG Score Today

If you’d like to learn more about Hardiness and Resilience and the HRG, or how to get certified with this assessment, register for our upcoming certification or contact us to learn more.

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