What is MTQ?
Mental Toughness (MTQ48) describes the mindset that every person adopts in everything they do. It is closely related to qualities such as character, resilience, grit, etc. It is defined as: Most personality models and measures assess the behavioural aspects of Personality (how we act). Mental Toughness differs in that it assesses something more fundamental – “how we think”. In other words, why we act (and respond emotionally) to events. It enables us to understand the mindset in a very practical way. Published research and case studies from around the world show that Mental Toughness is a major factor in:
How can we assess Mental Toughness?
We are also able to assess mental toughness in terms of these components in individuals and groups through a range of unique high-quality psychometric measures in the MTQ product family. They are normative which enables users to assess mental toughness before and after an event such as a training & development or coaching programme. Importantly this means that we can evaluate the effectiveness of programmes in a valuable way. If we can see a change in mindset we can more confidently expect to see changes in behaviour
Can we develop Mental Toughness?
We can. We can either help someone change their mental toughness or we can show someone how to adopt the behaviours that a mentally tough person would adopt. Either way many of the benefits of developing mental toughness can be achieved. AQR has programmes and toolkits of interventions which suits all applications and are easy to use. Usefully, it fits well with much of what managers, trainers and coaches already do, enabling them to “do it better”.
How does it fit with other key concepts?
Remarkably well. It is consistent with motivational models such as Maslow and with all Leadership models providing an additional level of understanding to support development in these areas. It is also relevant for all soft skills development such as team building, interpersonal skills, communication skills, emotional intelligence, etc. It has a particularly strong role in Coaching and Mentoring where it supports the development of a client’s self-awareness of their strengths and their development needs ... and why these exist. It is also widely used in Talent Management programmes to support the transition to new and challenging roles. Usefully, the Mental Toughness concept embraces a number of similar ideas such as Mindset, Grit, Character, Resilience and Learned Optimism in one comprehensive framework.
What this means for you and your Staff
Helping to put staff well-being and performance at the heart of your business. Our clients and our partner's clients are adopting MTQ as the starting point of delivering a true staff development plan. Understanding how your staff think and assisting them in how they can improve their mental toughness will assist your business in impacting on the behaviours that improve performance by 25% while improving staff loyalty and positively impacting on career development and aspirations.