Mental toughness and the lessons we can learn from mentally tough employees is an especially valuable skill set to have and develop amongst remote teams. While many of us work from home, leveraging the specific skills that contribute to mental toughness is a valuable way to keep motivation and satisfaction high, maintain productivity, and keep teams working well together, strong, and happy.

While mental toughness is not something all employees will have, there are lessons to be learned from how mentally tough individuals tackle challenges that can help managers develop their remote teams and help improve team bonds and build strong teams while working from a distance.

How Mental Toughness Facilitates Trust

One of the six personality traits of mental toughness is self-structure. Mentally tough individuals are self-sufficient, autonomous, and independent. People with these traits value accountability, and teammates know they can depend on that person to complete their projects on time and up to standard. When teammates feel like they can rely on one another to accomplish their goals, trust is more likely to build between individuals.

By leveraging what we know about mental toughness, managers can help develop some of the skills inherent in mentally tough individuals by coaching them to their core competencies. Developing skills in organisation, time management, and accountability help facilitate a trust between teammates who know that they can rely on each other to complete their work and support one another’s efforts. With increased trust, job satisfaction and motivation remain high, facilitating better remote work.

Using Mental Toughness to Craft Well-balanced teams

Teams may have one or two mentally tough individuals among them, but there is still opportunity to coach everyone on a team to hone specific traits that are shared with mentally tough teammates. Wellbalanced teams are ones that leverage the innate strengths of individuals and place people in roles that lean on those strengths.

Well-balanced teams are ones that are highly engaged, and highly engaged teams increase revenue. Building teams around the four key roles: Facilitator, Implementer, Champion, and Creator, makes for teams that are strong from within, structured around competency and personality, and leverage the proper strengths in the right places. When working remotely, it’s imperative that the structural foundation of the team is solid in order to maintain collaboration and effectiveness.

How Caliper Makes it Possible

The Caliper Profile is a valuable tool to get a better understanding of individuals strengths, inclinations, and competencies. Using what you learn from the assessment, managers can align, develop, and coach to specific skills that can help build more robust, well-rounded teams.
The Caliper Profile also provides a detailed Competency Report, which not only shows natural skills, but also preferred communication style, work style, and other personality insights that help managers better understand how to best coach and develop on the individual level in order to build skill and motivation as effectively as possible.
At a time when we’re all experiencing additional challenges to our work environment and work processes, strong teams are a crucial part of maintaining motivation and productivity. To learn more about the ways the Caliper Profile can help you build stronger teams and coach individuals to their fullest potential, reach out to our experts today.