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Building and Leading Resilient Teams Curriculum


Why build and lead resilient teams?

Resilient teams are the key to both individual and organizational resilience. Collective resilience is the team’s ability to overcome adversity, and then adapt and grow together because of that adversity. Resilient teams are stronger together and they make learning and change possible.

The Building and Leading Resilient Teams curriculum is specifically designed for new and seasoned front-line supervisors, middle managers, and senior leaders in any occupation or industry. It is also appropriate for people that aspire to a leadership role.


Who is authorized to teach the curriculum?

The Resilience-Building Leader Program relies on a network of authorized education and training partners that offer certificate, coaching, training, and development programs in Building and Leading Resilient Teams. Our partners use a curriculum developed and updated regularly by Resilience-Building Leader Program. The curriculum is designed to meet or exceed the education/training requirement for each level of Resilience-Building Leadership Professional (RBLP) certification.

How are the programs delivered?

Seven weekly learning modules requiring 6 hours of student preparation and 3 contact hours of instructor-led group discussion, or 1 contact hour of one-on-one coaching per module. Individual preparation each week includes learning key terms and ideas, reading assignments to prompt critical thinking, and reflecting on your unique leader/follower experience with the leader tasks and concepts. Completing the preparatory assignments is essential for engaged participation in the facilitated discussions. Facilitated weekly discussions are the key to successful learning because they ensure you have a thorough understanding of applicable factual (what), conceptual (why), and procedural (how) knowledge relevant to each leader task in each competency domain.


Lesson Plans

The updates to the Building and Leading Resilient Teams curriculum will be unlocked on Monday 28 November. In the meantime, the previous version of the curriculum can be used to prepare for the RBLP series of leadership certification exams.

Module 1: Raise morale in the workplace by creating a positive climate for people to work in.

Module 2: Boost teamwork by developing cohesion among team members.

Module 3: Improve motivation and commitment by providing purpose in the workplace.

Module 4: Increase the team’s ability to solve problems and overcome challenges by facilitating team learning (part 1).

Module 5: Increase the team’s ability to solve problems and overcome challenges by facilitating team learning (part 2).

Module 6: Enhance the organization’s ability to change and compete by supporting organizational learning (part 1).

Module 7: Enhance the organization’s ability to change and compete by supporting organizational learning (part 2).


Will you be ready to take a certification exam?

Completing a certificate, coaching, training, or development program with one of our education and training partners will prepare you to sit for one of the Resilience-Building Leadership Professional (RBLP) series of certification exams. The RBLP series of certification exams are administered by the Resilience-Building Leader Program only. Completing this program does not guarantee a passing score on any exam administered by the Resilience-Building Leader Program.

The RBLP series of leadership certification exams are issued orally in English or Spanish by exam administrators via video conference. No special software downloads are required. These certification exams provide the public with a reliable mechanism for certifying that front-line supervisors, middle managers, and senior leaders demonstrate competency in the leader tasks applicable to building and leading resilient teams.

Applicants for certification are required to show competence of factual, conceptual, and procedural knowledge (what, why, and how) for each leader task in the competency domains applicable to their level of certification. Oral certification exams are administered because leadership knowledge can be tested more effectively by oral exam than by written examination. Passing an oral exam also ensures that certification holders can coach and train others in the workplace.

Certification Exam Knowledge Requirements

  • Factual knowledge is knowing what terms and ideas mean. You will gain competence in this knowledge dimension by learning applicable definitions, meanings, and specific details. The key terms and ideas covered in each module provide the foundation for understanding associated concepts.
  • Conceptual knowledge is knowing the interrelationships among key terms and ideas. You will gain competence in this knowledge dimension by learning how key terms and ideas function together to form a concept; by learning classifications, categories, and principles; and by learning theories, models, and structures. The concepts covered in each module provide the foundation for understanding associated leader tasks.
  • Procedural knowledge is knowing how to implement processes and carry out procedures. You will gain competence in this knowledge dimension through your experience implementing subject-specific skills, techniques, and methods; through your experience determining when to use appropriate procedures; through your experience discovering or revealing something through detailed examination; and through your experience making judgments and decisions based on given criteria and standards. The leader tasks covered in each module are essential to building and leading resilient teams.