Resilience and Mental Toughness

A lot is made of resilience and in the pressured environment we all work,
grit is seen as a crucial factor in predicting success

The MTQ48 Assessment

The MTQ48 assessment is a unique 48 item high-quality psychometric measure that measures Mental Toughness which describes the mindset that every person adopts in everything they do. It is closely related to qualities such as character, resilience, grit, etc.

Published research and case studies from around the world show that Mental Toughness is a major factor in:

  • Performance – explaining up to 25% of the variation in performance in individuals
  • Positive Behaviour – more engaged, more positive, more “can do”
  • Wellbeing – more contentment, better stress management, less prone to bullying
  • Aspirations – more ambitious, prepared to manage more risk
Mental Toughness Resilience and Mental Toughness


Mental toughness is about how effectively individuals deal with stress, pressure and challenge. It describes the mindset that every person adopts in everything they do and is closely related to qualities such as character, resilience and grit. We can measure these qualities with the MTQ.

Most psychometrics focus on the measurement of behaviours (how we act) and attributes (how we feel) – the MTQ looks at how we think which is a key driver for the development of behaviour and attributes.

Research carried out under the direction of Professor Peter Clough has identified the four key components of MT. These are called the 4 Cs – Control, Commitment, Challenge and Confidence.

Mental toughness


The psychometric test is normative, this means that test results for an individual are compared to test results for a relevant norm group which represents the population at large.


48 Questions

Assessor, Development and Coaching Reports

Provides scores for:

Overall MT

The Four C’s

Subscale Scores for Control and Confidence

This tool covers the 4C’s key areas:



Developing mental toughness in individuals and organisations is possible. Arcadia Alive have a track record of developing MT through coaching and development programmes.


Each individual who completes the MTQ48 receives their own report.  In addition reports are prepared for the individuals:

  • Manager
  • Coach
Developing mental toughness
Please complete the contact form for you would like to know more about booking a Mental Toughness Assessment and our support programmes to help develop Mental Toughness or call us at 08545 2600126