AQR, the creators of MTQ 48, describe Mental Toughness as the mindset that every person adopts in everything they do.  Mental Toughness is often allied to qualities such as resilience, tenacity, character and resolve.

Research carried out under the direction of Professor Peter Clough (Manchester Metropolitan University) has identified four key components of Mental Toughness – Control, Commitment, Challenge and Confidence

Mental Toughness describes the capacity of an individual to deal effectively with stressors, pressures and challenges, and perform to the best of their ability, irrespective of the circumstances in which they find themselves.”
Dr Peter Clough, 2002

The MTQ 48 instrument measures Mental Toughness utilising these four components:


Extent to which you feel in control of life and emotions.


Extent to which people see challenges, variety, problems and changes as opportunities – or as threats.


Extent to which someone makes promises and commits to deliver to those promises


Extent of self-belief in their abilities and the confidence to deal with setbacks and oral challenge

We all have to deal with major setbacks in our life and invariable we have no warning of them and these setbacks can impact on our Mental Toughness.  Therefore, understanding how Mental Toughness affects performance, wellbeing and behaviour at all levels of an organisation is important.  MTQ 48 offers organisations an integrated talent development tool which can help in exploring performance variance, wellbeing & mindfulness, positive behaviour and ambition.

For example – One of the common challenges for leaders is to exhibit a high degree of Mental Toughness without losing personal contact with the people they are leading.  MTQ 48 along with emotional intelligence can help them to develop more agile and adaptable interpersonal skills for the range of scenarios they are likely to face.

Contact Clive Steeper to find out more