Many of the examples of mental toughness are connected with sport, indeed a Google Alert on the topic produces a large number of sports stories. Sport is of course interesting in itself to many people, and results become apparent quickly.
How does it translate to real life? Research shows that
- There is clear evidence that mentally tough individuals are more focused on objective reality as exemplified by their preference for problem focused strategies as opposed to emotion centred coping.
- Mentally tough individuals may also maintain their connection with reality as they have been found to be less likely to use avoidance strategies when dealing with stressful situations.
This does illustrate that business leaders benefit from mental toughness, and indeed 25% of variation in individual performance can be attributed to this factor.
As always, though, this does not negate the necessity of doing the right thing.