Mental toughness—sometimes referred to as grit, gumption, or resilience—is key to effective leadership and adaptive learning. Why? Because whether you’re engaging thorny issues others fear to face, making important but undiscussable issues productively discussable, resolving heated conflicts, or striving to build more effective working relationships with people who aren’t making it easy, confronting the status quo in the service of meaningful progress is always hard work.
If you want to make a difference, therefore, developing your mental toughness—the ability to maintain your focus and resolve in the face of stresses, disappointments, and difficulties—is essential.
To learn more about the subject of mental toughness, and to assess your own “grit,” check out this short article by Scott Barry Kaufman: