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Beyond technical competence: developing mental toughness

James T. Scarnati (County Superintendent of Schools, Warren, Pennsylvania, USA)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 June 2000



Discusses an aspect of leadership that is beyond technical competence and practiced by highly successful people. Mental toughness is defined as “between the ears” toughness. Provides the reader with methods to deal with stressful situations and despotic bosses. The author emphasizes that the mind is where battles are truly won and lost. Depicts expanding the circle of influence by; never letting the enemy into your mind; maintaining the ability to choose; projecting a positive attitude; and defining goals. Provides examples of mental toughness and survivability in prisoners of war. Explains techniques for nurturing and practicing mental toughness. Establishes a sound philosophy for increasing the probability of long‐term success and professional advancement in stressful environments. Includes quotes from contemporary as well as historical leaders.



Scarnati, J.T. (2000), "Beyond technical competence: developing mental toughness", Career Development International, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 171-176.




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