Empirical research has proven the benefits of developing mental toughness for business leadership through coaching. One study highlighted in the Journal of Management examined the impact such positive psychological traits as resilience and optimism had on corporations.
Results showed that CEOs demonstrating these traits led to a perception of transformational leadership, which in turn positively affected company performance.
Leaders and business professionals who apply mental toughness to their daily situations have improved personal competencies in self-awareness, self-determination, team relationships, emotional intelligence, and resilience.
Mental Toughness Improves Business Leadership
How can mental toughness be developed, since it’s not taught in business school or in the workplace? Yet possessing mental toughness has proven to be an essential ingredient for business success.
Mental toughness, responding resiliently to setbacks, adversities and challenges, is an inner strength we can cultivate and a skill we can learn. Simply put, it’s the ‘grit’ that helps you work through difficult situations, remaining focused on your goal.
The Integrated Approach to Developing Mental Toughness Through Coaching
Mental toughness coaching helps existing and emerging leaders to identify, and overcome, their limiting beliefs, self-imposed fears, unaddressed behavior patterns, and interpersonal difficulties.
Similarly, executive coaching helps clients develop essential skill sets to manage relationships through social awareness, to communicate more effectively, and develop sound strategic and action plans for success.
While high-performing leaders and business professionals may benefit from developing mental toughness on their own, their development as motivated leaders can be more effectively heightened by executive coaching sessions led by a leadership development specialist certified in applying mental toughness strategies.
The synergy of executive coaching and developing mental toughness through coaching is compelling. By applying an integrated approach of executive coaching and developing mental toughness through coaching, we help our clients develop into more self-aware and emotionally intelligent leaders, improving work performance and positive behavior in others.
The Executive Coaching Process
Laura, a successful executive in the telecommunications industry, was a prime candidate for executive coaching. She recently experienced a spike in her anxiety level, displaying obsessional long work hours, difficulty rising above challenges to meet business objectives, emotional outbursts, and bullying behavior toward her direct reports. She was unaware of the debilitating affect her actions had on her co-workers.
The executive coaching work Laura participated in provided her with specific concrete ways to tweak her leadership effectiveness and to transform her mindset from seeing challenges as problems and threats. Coaching enabled her to focus on seeing challenges as opportunities and identifying self-perceived problems as paths toward mental and behavioral self-development.
During the 6-month coaching period, Laura was given mental toughness psychometric assessments to measure her self-growth and development. Laura learned to recognize that whenever she confronts a challenge or overcomes a difficulty in her personal or professional life, it’s important to draw on those deep strengths residing inside her that make all the difference. She learned that her success comes down to one fundamental quality – mental toughness.
Laura succeeded in achieving her executive coaching goals of honing in on her leadership skills. Once she experienced a heightened sense of self-awareness, it expanded her ability to re-frame problems as opportunities, subsequently helping her improve her ability to see things through multiple lenses. Laura now embraces new leadership challenges and opportunities for growth in managing her relationships, and navigating the dynamics of her company’s environment.
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Author: Jennifer Touma
Jennifer is an Executive Coach that helps clients develop Mental Toughness in Leadership through Executive Coaching strategies.
She works with leaders and professionals – people just like you- get the skills, confidence and tools you need to make a difference in the people you work with, the clients you serve, and within your organizations. This requires that you develop mastery in three key areas – skilled leadership, interpersonal communication, and respond resiliently to setbacks and challenges. Which do you need help with?
Her credentials include experience as an Executive Coach, Certified Mental Game Coach, Licensed Neuro-linguistic Meta Practitioner and leader of a Fortune 500 company. She holds an M.S. in Organizational Leadership.
To learn more about how executive coaching to develop mental toughness can enhance your personal leadership skills and improve your organization’s overall performance, visit http://jennifertouma.com Contact Jennifer Touma via email or call 603-818-9209.