What Mental Strength Looks Like in a Successful Leader

Physical strength and health over the last number of years have been preeminent in peoples minds however one thing that should be overlooked is mental strength. Especially for executives. Tenacity, grit, optimism, and the uncanny ability to fail forward are hallmarks of mental strength. However, we can also define mental strength by identifying the things mentally strong individuals don’t do. As leaders mental strength is a vital key to effectively accomplishing your goals but also realizing your teams goals.

What Mental Strength Looks Like in a Successful Leader:


Patience is the key! Knowing when to strike and when to wait it the secret to a metally strong individually. Because they know they’re in for the long haul. They know better than to expect immediate results and they don’t get discouraged if things don’t go there way immediately. They apply their energy and time in measured doses and they celebrate each milestone and increment of success on the way. They have staying power. And they understand that genuine changes take time.

Earn their own way

They understand that the world doesn’t owe them a salary, a benefits package and a comfortable life. In fact they know that the world doesn’t owe them a thing regardless of their preparation and schooling. Mentally strong people enter the world prepared to work and succeed on their merits. In addition they take every failure is a chance to improve. Mentally strong people are willing to fail again and again through the guise of taking a calculated risk. This is a different thing entirely than jumping headlong into foolish risks. But with mental strength, an individual can weigh the risks and benefits thoroughly, and will fully assess the potential downsides and even the worst-case scenarios before they take action.

Release Things

Holding on to grievances and grudges will prevent you from moving forward in the workplace. You don’t see mentally strong people feeling sorry for their circumstances or dwelling on the way they’ve been mistreated. In addition they have learned to take responsibility for their actions and outcomes, and they have an inherent understanding of the fact that frequently life is not fair. Mentally strong people don’t complain, let me rephrase that don’t complain much. In a bad situation, they recognize that the one thing they can always control is their own response and attitude and focus on the future. They are able to emerge from trying circumstances with self-awareness and gratitude for the lessons learned. When a situation turns out badly, they respond with a simple phrase – Next!

Embrace Change

Mentally strong people embrace change and they welcome challenge. Their biggest “fear,” if they have one, is not of the unknown, but of becoming complacent and stagnant. An environment of change and even uncertainty can energize a mentally strong person and bring out their best.

Final Thought

Mental toughness is the trait that will aid you the most in becoming successful…

Of all the competencies sought after by today’s budding business leaders — critical thinking, emotional intelligence, the ability to influence and inspire a team, to name a few — perhaps the most valuable and most needed is mental toughness.


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