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School for CEOs consider mental toughness for today's leaders

18 March 2016

Mental Toughness was the topic for the first Business Breakfast hosted by School for CEOs in Edinburgh.

Discussion was led by Sonia Johnston of Impact for Growth who addressed an audience of around 30 invited guests. Setting the scene for the session, she explained that mental toughness is an important life skill. "It is about being the best that you can be and being “comfortable in your own skin”" adding that it is also about accepting that life can be challenging and that it is full of opportunities as well as threats.

Ms Johnston went on to highlight the four components of mental toughness - control, commitment, challenge and confidence. She said: "By developing Mental Toughness in people, you develop a greater workforce, combining the key attributes of Resilience and Emotional Well-being. This in turn develops stronger workforces, organisations and levels of success."

David Sole from School for CEO’s added: "The theme of mental toughness and resilience has emerged in our recent Vital Few and Runway programmes and forms a core part of ‘Managing In’, an important dimension in our 5-Dimensional Management™ framework. We were delighted to collaborate with Sonia, and have the opportunity to discuss the importance of Mental Toughness for senior business leaders."



The School for CEOs is a new approach to senior executive education. It was founded in 2011 by: Patrick Macdonald, Chairman of Reconomy and former Chief Executive of John Menzies plc; and David Sole, business coach and former international rugby captain. All programmes are taught by accomplished business leaders and expert practitioners, and aim to provide senior businessmen and women with the insight and experience they need to be successful leaders.  

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