Applications in the World of Work
The world of work is a major source of stress pressure and change for most people. Mental Toughness has an important role to play in an individual’s:
- Performance – explains up to 25% of the variation in performance
- Behaviours – more engaged, more positive, “can do” attitude
- Wellbeing – more contentment, better stress management
By understanding and applying the principles of Mental Toughness in the workplace, organisations can develop strategies and tactics to help individuals perform under pressure and help managers get the best from their people. There are several areas where the model adds considerable value:
Recruitment & Selection, Successional Planning – MTQ provides practical descriptions of key competencies which can allow for more effectively around these key criteria.
Employee Development & Programmes - MTQ is invaluable in assessing an individual’s mindset, approach and attitude and general ‘readiness to learn’. There is an established link between Mental Toughness and completion or dropout rates which can help an organisation reduce waste in this area.
Leadership and Management, Soft Skills Training – incorporating elements of mental toughness interventions into programmes such as presentation skills, time management or Leadership and Management programmes (any subject area where an individual’s mental toughness is relevant to their approach) enhances the content significantly. The Institute of Leadership and Management have endorsed the MTQ48 measure and incorporated a mental toughness development module into their Leadership and Management programme content.
Teamworking – Mental toughness can have a big impact on how teamworking and team building are developed. There are two elements to this: organisational development and culture and developing high performance team working behaviour within the team.
Coaching – there is growing evidence to support that the correlation between coaching and the elements that constitute mental toughness: Feeling in control (professionally & personally); managing emotional responses; coping with significant change; maintaining commitment; enhancing self-confidence. Reports generated by MTQ48 are an ideal basis for coaching conversations.