An Introduction to Mental Toughness and Psychological Safety #BITESIZE

An Introduction to Mental Toughness and Psychological Safety #BITESIZE

Doug Strycharzck speaking about The Importance of Mental Toughness

Doug Strycharczyk is viewed as a rock star in the Mental Toughness world.  He has pioneered the application of the mental toughness to a wide variety of sectors.   He’s seen as one of the leading authorities worldwide on the application of the 4Cs Mental Toughness model, Doug works in the Occupational, Educational, Social Work, Sports and Health settings in more than 80 countries.  

He’s the CEO for AQR International and an experienced author who has contributed to a number of books that look at developing mental toughness and resilience with individuals and at an organisational level, with youngsters through to leaders. The development of psychometric tests are also a feature of Doug’s work.

Doug Strycharczyk Books: Developing Mental Toughness, Developing Employability and Enterprise, Developing Resilient Organisations, Developing Mental Toughness in Young People 

Today I chat with a leading authority for Mental Toughness, Doug Strycharczyk, where I share a short bite from a conversation that we had about psychological safety and its relationship with Mental Toughness. Doug goes on to introduce psychological safety which is highly relevant for those involved in teams or organisations.

Key Learning Points:

  • It’s worth checking out the work of Harvard Professor Amy Edmondson who is an expert on psychological safety.
  • Amy Edmondson describes psychological safety as creating a climate where people are encouraged to take risks and that they don’t feel the need to censor themselves before talking.
  • People are happy to ask questions and make their contributions without fear of criticism.
  • A psychologically safe environment nurtures mutual trust, support and respect.
  • Leaders are often more mentally tough than many of their employees therefore being self-aware is critical so that they communicate more effectively.

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Relevant Podcast Episodes

Ep001: Doug Strycharczyk – The Importance of Mental Toughness

Ep121: Doug Strycharczyk & Dr John Perry – What Is New? Developments in Mental Toughness Research and Practice

Ep161: Paul Phillips – How to Create a Culture of High Performance in Professional Rugby Union

Ep179: David Charlton – Great Captains: 8 Mental Toughness Characteristics That Can Inspire Others

Ep180: David Charlton – How To Work With Team Units To Improve Culture In Teams

Other Useful Resources

Blog – Mental Toughness is a Hugely Valuable Trait

Blog – Make Better Decisions to Help Your Sport Performance

Blog – 5 Ways to Create a Psychological Safe Sporting Environment

Blog – Why You Should Recognise The Power of Your Words

Blog – How Mentally Healthy is Your Club’s Sporting Environment?

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David Charlton

Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly.   

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