Mental Toughness

What we think – what we feel – how we behave represents the password to success
Through Mental Toughness you can create a transformational shift in thinking and master your abilities to create breakthroughs.

Creative and Bright is the main AQR International partner for MTQ in Romania, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

What is Mental Toughness (MTQ)​

Mental Toughness is “A personality trait which determines, in some part, how individuals respond when exposed to stressors, pressure and challenge…irrespective of the prevailing situation…” (Clough & Strycharczyk, 2011)

The good news is that Mental Toughness can be developed.

Professor Peter Clough, Head of Research at the University of Huddersfield and a pioneer on research into Mental Toughness further describes a mentally tough person as “someone who is comfortable in their own skin, can take whatever comes along in their stride and mostly enjoy the challenge”.

Why MTQ is critically important and where we can use it

Mental Toughness describes the mind-set that every person adopts in everything they do and it is critically important and valuable for everyone at two levels.

Firstly, it explains why people and organizations behave the way they do. Personality can be defined as an individual’s characteristic pattern of thinking, feeling, and acting and one’s personality can explain individual differences and how individuals act in specific situations. So there is an obvious link between mindset and behavior.
One can describe mindset as both the pre-cursor to behavior and the explanation for much behavior.

Secondly, research and case studies from around the world show that Mental Toughness is a major factor in most of the important outcomes for individuals and organizations:

  • Better performance – it explains up to 25% of the variation in workplace performance
  • Improved positivity – adoption of more of a “can do” approach which leads to greater rapport and connectivity with colleagues.
  • Greater wellbeing – more contentment and better stress management.
  • Change management – a calmer and lower stress response to organizational change.
  • Increased aspirations – greater ambition and confidence in achieving targets and a greater willingness to persevere in order to do so.

We can use MTQ in organizations for:

  • Training & Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Coaching
  • Organization Development
  • Performance
  • Talent Management
  • Career Transition and Outplacement

We can use MTQ in Education, at individual level, in sport and social level.

How Mental Toughness can be developed

1. Positive Thinking

There are many techniques for developing a ”can do” mindset which include self-talk and stopping or reframing negative thoughts.

2. Visualization

This involves developing your ability to first imagine something in your head to help you deal with a real event.

3. Anxiety Control

Breathing exercises and relaxation techniques will enable you to deal with those panic moments when things seem out of control, producing a physiological reaction.

4. Goal Setting

Tools and techniques, which support the development of your sense of purpose and how to set about achieving it.

5. Focus and be present/Attentional Control

Used extensively by sports coaches to teach how to focus better and for longer.  Developing mindfulness which is learning how to notice what is around you.

MTQ 4 Companies

Create a Transformational Shift in Thinking with Mental Toughness and develop your people!

Intentional organizational change is often about shifting culture or mindsets (e.g. from a competitive to a collaborative mindset). Disruptive change at the organizational level is often about a forced reaction to adverse performance or changing market conditions, or perhaps a change of ownership or a new strategy.

We put a laser focus on the behavioral side of transformation in order to reach your goals!

Mental Toughness Half Day Workshop for companies

Challenge yourself in this 4 hour workshop to reach peak performance and commence the journey to becoming the best version of you.

Workshop outcomes

You will be equipped with models and strategies to better deal with setbacks, challenges, distractions and stressors to stay on track in achieving whatever goals you have through:

  • an understanding that a positive mindset is key to achieving peak performance and success
  • the ability to bounce back and see challenges as opportunities
  • increased interpersonal confidence and confidence in own abilities.

Workshops includes

  • MTQ-Plus assessment
  • Test results with development report on how to become mentally tougher
  • Comprehensive workbook and course materials
  • Practical activities and strategies to continue building mental toughness
  • Personal action plan

Executive Coaching with MTQ Plus

We are using MTQ Assessments to measure Mental Toughness as an AQR International partner. The MTQ Plus Assessment gives you a picture about how you are handling the following 4 main dimensions and 4 sub dimensions:

  • Control: Life Control & Emotional Control
  • Commitment: Achievement orientation & Goal Orientation
  • Challenge: Risk orientation & Learning orientation
  • Confidence: Confidence in abilities & Interpersonal confidence

MTQ 4 individuals

Do you want to better manage your emotions?

Do you want to understand what you need in order to reach the balance and be happy?

If yes this is for you!

Intentional individual change might be about developing some personal capacity or skill (e.g. I want to be better at working with conflict, or I want to develop my strategic thinking capacity). Disruptive individual change is often caused by an unwelcomed event (e.g. losing my job, the breakdown of a relationship, a bereavement or illness), or by an unfolding inner crisis of meaning or duality.

MTQ helps you to find the answers, develop yourself and change the perspectives!

MTQ PLUS measures an individual’s resilience and ability to cope with pressure and change around scales of Challenge, Control, Commitment and Confidence.  The questionnaire is online, well validated and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

We are using MTQ Assessments to measure Mental Toughness as an AQR International partner. The MTQ Plus Assessment gives you a picture about how you are handling the following 4 dimensions:

  • Control: Life Control & Emotional Control
  • Commitment: Goal Orientation & Achievement Orientation
  • Challenge: Risk Orientation & Learning Orientation
  • Confidence: Confidence in Abilities & Interpersonal Confidence

Cost of profile and debreifing: 120 euros + VAT

The debriefing session is one-to-one and and it takes 1h.

Accreditation 4 Professionals


MTQ assessments are online psychometric measures used to assess Mental Toughness in an individual. They are valid and reliable as per the US Department of Labor and the British Psychological Society, simple to use and understand, online and quick to complete and cost effective.

By having the LUT (License user training) Program you will be able to understand the model, to use it and apply and interpret the tests to develop the people you work with.

Mental Toughness can be measured and developed!

This is a tutor led program and includes:

  • MTQ Plus Assessment
  • 22 online modules to be covered based on your availability
  • 11 h of exercise
  • Online sessions with Doug Strycharczyk – one of the creators of the model & DANA Tudor Tanase – MTQ Master Trainer
  • 2 profiles for immediate practice
  • Joining a global community of professionals

This program is for:

  • Managers;
  • HR people
  • Coaches
  • Sales people
  • Teacher

On completion of the program participants will be able to:

Understand Mental Toughness and its implication for performance, behavior and wellbeing.​

Be confident about using MTQ assessments with individuals and organizations in handling feedback.

Understand its wide range of applications– education, organization and health sectors

Understand how Mental Toughness can help individuals to deal with stress, pressure and challenge.

Understand how the measure can help to develop individual and organizational performance.

Recruitment process

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