Books and articles

Recent articles

Developing personal resilience for career success - Resilience is a complex process, not a fixed trait, and it can be developed throughout adulthood, with far-reaching benefits for personal wellbeing, career satisfaction and success. This article is based on the chapter ‘Understanding and developing personal resilience’ from the book Flourishing in Life, Work and Careers: Individual Wellbeing and Career Experiences (Edward Elgar Publishing: 2015) – HR Magazine June 2015

Strength in diversity – a leadership perspective. Going beyond the fundamental need for equality and human rights and recognising that diversity isn’t confined to gender, ethnicity and other common targets of discrimination. – The People In Aid newsletter. Oct – Jan 2014

Building resilience – how it can be developed within and beyond the work context, and how this can deliver improved performance for the organisation as well as enhanced wellbeing for employees. – Training Journal, September 2013.

How to boost your team’s ‘bouncebackability’ - Find the Edge website, June 2013. Some pointers on how to create the right climate and conditions which will help your team grow in strength and cope successfully with tough challenges.

Building a Strong Leadership Team – Are You Missing a Trick? – Find the Edge website, April 2013. What might be wrong about leaders recruiting and promoting people like themselves, and what they can do about it.

What is resilience and why should you care? – Find the Edge website, March 2013. Team and personal resilience and the benefits they might bring in the form of employee well-being, productivity and customer satisfaction.


Cary Cooper, Jill Flint-Taylor & Michael Pearn (2013) Building resilience for success – a resource for managers and organizations, Palgrave Macmillan

Book chapters

The Routledge Companion to Wellbeing at Work
(Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting)
by Cary L. Cooper (Editor), Michael P. Leiter (Editor)

This is a comprehensive reference volume addressing every aspect of wellbeing at work, including a chapter on resilience, written by Jill Flint-Taylor and Alex Davda.

The authors look at how individual resilience changes over the lifespan, and what this means for the design of effective resilience-building interventions in the organizational context.

They discuss some of the main findings relating to research into resilience at the level of teams, departments and other organizational groups.

They explain how resilience of teams and other groups is much more than the sum of the personal resilience of individual group members.

Flourishing in Life, Work and Careers
Individual Wellbeing and Career Experiences
New Horizons in Management series
Edited by Ronald J. Burke, Kathryn M. Page and Cary Cooper

Happiness in one aspect of our life can positively impact upon our satisfaction within other domains of our life. The opposite also rings true. Today's generation of working people have often been called the generation who want it all. But can we really have it all?

Chapter 4: Understanding and developing personal resilience, by Jill Flint-Taylor & Alex Davda

wellbeing_and_bey-thumbWell-Being and Beyond – Broadening the Public and Policy Discourse
New Horizons in Management series
Edited by Timo J. Hämäläinen and Juliet Michaelson

Chapter by Jill Flint-Taylor and Cary L. Cooper – Well-being in organizations

Chapter covering the organizational perspective, in a book that aims to broaden the public and policy discourse on the importance of well-being by examining psychological, social, environmental, economic, organizational, institutional and political determinants of individual well-being.

Jill Flint-Taylor and Ivan T. Robertson (2013) Enhancing well-being in organizations through selection and development, in Ronald J. Burke and Cary L. Cooper (Eds), The Fulfilling Workplace

The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Well BeingIvan T. Robertson and Jill Flint-Taylor (2009) Leadership, Psychological Well-Being and Organizational Outcomes, in Cary L. Cooper and Susan Cartwright (Eds), The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Well Being, Oxford University Press

Jill Flint-Taylor, Joan Durose and Caroline Wigley (2011) Keeping Pressure Positive: Improving Well-Being and Performance in the NHS through Innovative Leadership Development. In Robertson, I. and Cooper, C. (Eds), Well-Being; Productivity and Happiness at Work, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan

Ivan T. Robertson and Jill Flint-Taylor (2010) Well-being in healthcare organisations: Key issues, British Journal of Healthcare Management

Academic journal papers

Leader personality and employees’ experience of workplace stressors
Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance – September 2014
The purpose of this paper is to explore relationships between leader personality traits and specific workplace stressors experienced by work group members.

Stable personal attributes and a resilient approach to work and career
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology; Vol 40, No 1 – August 28, 2014
Literature review and exploratory study bringing together recent research on resilience, personal attributes and work outcomes.