Read an article recently about mental toughness from Christine Riodan.
While sports stars grab the majority of headlines in the mental toughness arena, this trait has become essential for leaders to be successful in business as well, according to Christine M. Riordan, dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.
Riordan’s six elements of mental toughness are after the Jump:
• Flexibility. “Just like a quarterback faced with a broken play, a leader must [be able] to decide quickly on a different way to get the ball down the field.” Elway was good at getting the ball down the field and making quick decisions.
• Responsiveness. “Game-ready leaders are able to remain engaged, alive and connected with a situation when under pressure. They are constantly identifying the opportunities, challenges and threats in the environment.” Sounds like a QB scramble.
• Strength. Mentally tough leaders “find the strength to dig deep and garner the resolve to keep going, even when in a seemingly losing game.” Record for come from behind victories.
• Courage and ethics. Leaders have to have the ability “to make hard but right decisions for the organization.” Manning vs. Tebow.
• Resiliency. Leaders need to be able to rebound from disappointments. 3 Bad SB losses to cap with Back 2 Back.
• Sportsmanship. Have a “Bring it on!” mentality. Elway.
Maybe Elway should write a book about how he fits the mold.