Mental Toughness is that aspect of your personality which describes how you think. Sometimes described as “attitude” or “mindset”, it’s important in its own right, and its important because it influences strongly how we act (our Behaviour) and how we feel (our Emotions).

The Mentally Tough are often more resilient and more positive about the world and life in general. For them the road to success and well-being can be comparatively easier. The Mentally Sensitive often feel every
bump in the road and they might see the downside of that before they see opportunity. For them that road is a tougher journey.

There is nothing right or wrong about any position but there does seem to be some advantage to be gained by developing some aspect of mental toughness in most of us. Most of us are somewhere between the two extremes of Toughness and Sensitivity.

The key lies in self awareness. Hence the value in being able to assess “why do I think the way I do?”. The MTQ48 measure helps us to do that.

From there its a matter of reflection (some may need help with this from coaches and mentors) and making a decision about my own development priorities.

And having made a choice, practicing new approaches and techniques until they become a habit … and perhaps then re-assessing how far I have traveled.

AQR International has developed both the MTQ48 measure and a suite of truly effective development activities which work for all ages and for all types. For more information contact us on

Doug Strycharczyk

Managing Director at AQR

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