In this framework Control is about your self-efficacy – your “can do” attitude and the belief that you can control your life and your emotions and be a catalyst for change.
This self–efficacy comes as a ‘construct’, researched and developed by Albert Bandura, the Canadian – American psychologist, born 4 December 1925 and who at the time of writing is 93 years old. Bandura has been responsible for many contributions to the field of education and psychology which include social cognitive theory and personality psychology as well as self-efficacy.
Bandura believes the perception of self-efficacy shapes a range of key human behaviors which include:
- The courses of action people choose to pursue,
- How much effort they put into given endeavors,
- Whether their thought patterns are self-hindering or self-aiding,
- How much stress and depression they experience in coping with taxing environmental demands,
- Their resilience to adversity,
- How long they will persevere in the face of obstacles and failures,
- The level of accomplishments they realise.
All of these behaviours are essential to enable you as an individual to develop resilience and rebound from setbacks or adversity.
They also extend to an organisational level where they create the foundation for developing a resilient organisational culture.
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