Mental toughness is about how effectively individuals deal with stress, pressure and challenge. It describes the mindset that every person adopts in everything they do and is closely related to qualities such as character, resilience and grit. We can measure these qualities with the MTQ.
Most psychometrics focus on the measurement of behaviours (how we act) and attributes (how we feel) – the MTQ looks at how we think which is a key driver for the development of behaviour and attributes.
Research carried out under the direction of Professor Peter Clough has identified the four key components of MT. These are called the 4 Cs – Control, Commitment, Challenge and Confidence.