How important is mental toughness?

As leaders we all face people and business challenges that require mental toughness.  So what does that mean, understanding that it’s all in the eye of the beholder, right?

A recent article about this subject by Amy Morin suggested mentally tough people have 13 traits that define them. Here are our top 7 attributes of mentally strong people that lead others:

1. They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves – in other words they don’t possess a powerless, victim mentality;

2. They don’t give away their power – they recognize they have control over their emotional response to others, like their bosses;

3. They don’t waste energy on things they can’t control – like how others choose to use their time or react to decisions they don’t like, but focus on things within their control;

4. They don’t worry about pleasing people – which is a big one for many people, that is to “just say no” when it’s appropriate;

5. They don’t resent other people’s success – instead they celebrate the successes of others;

6. They don’t feel the world owes them anything – entitlement is not in their vocabulary.

7. They don’t shy away from change – but embrace positive change and have confidence in their abilities to adapt.

Do you see a trend in this list of 7? We refer to it as being “self responsible”.  We all have choices of how we respond to life’s lessons and as a leader, having the strength of character and mental toughness to do the right things are important to our long term success and happiness.

Martha Forlines and Thad Green





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