Mental Toughness is one of the most important attributes to develop to become successful in your career and life. This book is the definitive handbook for coaching for mental toughness written by the “rockstars” of mental toughness, Peter Clough and Doug Strycharczyk. It is an excellent guide to what mental toughness is and how it can be measured and developed. The book is well written, easy to follow and very practical. It is equally relevant for experienced coaches and human resource practitioners as well as individuals and leaders who wish to develop mental toughness in themselves and their organisations.
Clough and Strycharczyk define mental toughness as “the personality trait which determines in large part how people deal effectively with challenges stressors and pressure… irrespective of circumstances”. They have developed a simple but very well validated psychometric measure, MTQ48, which measures a person’s mental toughness and provides guidance on how to develop it.
The book details the definition of mental toughness and its subsets of the personality trait – Control, Commitment Challenge and Confidence, the MTQ48 psychometric measure and many interesting and practical examples.
Mental toughness is about how effectively individuals deal with stress, pressure and challenge. It is rooted in the notion of resilience but moves beyond this by adding ideas from the world of positive psychology. The result is a complete process which is highly applicable and measurable. Tracing its development from sports psychology into business, health and education sectors, Developing Mental Toughness was the first book to look at applications at the organizational level and to provide a reliable psychometric measure.
The new edition of Developing Mental Toughness includes greater coverage of how mental toughness relates to other behaviours and can be applied to leadership, creativity, emotional intelligence, and motivation. It also looks at its applications in employability and entrepreneurship, and has expanded coverage of coaching for mental toughness. Written for anyone coaching individuals and teams for improved performance, the book contains practical guidance and techniques, exercises, case studies and the Mental Toughness self-assessment tool, all reflecting the exciting developments in this field over the last five years.
You can purchase the book from bookshops or directly from publishers Kogan Page, who have a special offer of 20% off the purchase price using the discount code HRDMTB.