HBR's 10 Must Reads on Mental Toughness (with bonus interview “Post-Traumatic Growth and Building Resilience” with Martin Seligman) (HBR's 10 Must Reads)
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Our professional lives are full of challenges and setbacks, but those who achieve elite performance are able to consistently rally their emotional strength in the pursuit of their goals--no matter what gets thrown at them. If you read nothing else on mental toughness, read these ten articles by experts in the field. We've combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you build your emotional strength and resilience--and to achieve high performance. This book will inspire you to:Thrive on pressure like an Olympic athleteManage and overcome negative emotions by acknowledging themPlan short-term goals to achieve long-term aspirationsSurround yourself with the people who will push you the hardestUse challenges to become a better leaderUse creativity to move past traumaUnderstand the tools your mind uses to recover from setbacks
Four skills enable leaders to learn from adversity:
Engage others in shared meaning. For example, Sidney Harman mobilized employees around a radical new management approach—amid a factory crisis.
A distinctive, compelling voice. With words alone, college president Jack Coleman preempted a violent clash between the football team and anti-Vietnam War demonstrators threatening to burn the American flag. Coleman’s suggestion to the protestors? Lower the flag, wash it, then put it back up.
Integrity. Coleman’s values prevailed during the emotionally charged face-off between antiwar demonstrators and irate football players.
Adaptive capacity. This most critical skill includes the ability to grasp context, and hardiness. Grasping context requires weighing many factors (e.g., how different people will interpret a gesture). Without this quality, leaders can’t connect with constituents.
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Top sports performers don’t allow themselves to be distracted by the victories or failures of others.