Missing Personal Qualities?

I have worked with a number of coaching clients who have needed support in building their confidence.   One of the interventions I use is to ask the client to identify their personal strengths. To help them with this I give them a list of personal qualities or aptitudes.

Recently, as I have been working on a personal project, I felt it was time to revise the list.  The added challenge was to ensure that I only used one-word descriptors, and the end result is  below.  But I have a nagging feeling that I’ve missed an important personal quality.

Do you know what word(s) are missing from my list?

Accurate 

Adaptable

Advocate

Ambitious

Analytical

Approachable

Assertive

Attentive

Autonomous

Calm

Caring

Committed

Confident

Confidential

Conscientious

Considerate

Consistent

Constructive

Courteous

Customer-focussed

Creative

Decisive

Dedicated

Dependable

Detailed

Determined

Dignified

Diplomatic

Disciplined

Driven 

Effective

Empathetic

Empowering

Encouraging

Energetic

Enthusiastic

Even-tempered

Facilitative

Flexible

Focused

Forward-looking

Honest

Imaginative

Innovative

Inspirational

Integrity

Mediator

Mindful

Motivated

Multi-tasker

Numerate

Open-minded

Organized

Participative

Patient

Perceptive

Perseverance

Persuasive

Politically-aware 

Positive

Pragmatic

Pro-active

Professional

Proud

Punctual

Receptive

Relevant

Reliable

Resourceful

Respectful

Responsible

Rigorous

Role Model

Self-belief

Sensible

Sensitive

Strategic

Successful

Supportive

Tactful

Team player

Tenacious

Thorough

Trustworthy

Visionary

Warm

Willing to learn

Are you Mentally Tough?

Mental Toughness is a behavioural trait that’s going to be invaluable as we enter a period of turbulent change in the NHS.  I’ve blogged earlier this week about what it is and why it’s important.   But how do you know whether you’re mentally tough?   If you answer yes to the following questions it’s likely that you score highly for mental toughness.

Ready to find out?

Commitment

  1. Do you like to set yourself challenging goals?
  2. Are you able to translate these goals into realistic milestones?
  3. Are you prepared to do what it takes to acheived these goals?
  4. Do you deliver your goals on time?
  5. Do you work hard (and long hours) if needed to acheive your goals?
  6. Do you remain focussed and not easily distracted?

Control

  1. Are you good at controlling your emotions?
  2. Are you good at controlling the events that occur around you?
  3. Are you difficult to provoke or annoy?
  4. Do you believe you can make a difference?
  5. Are you good at mulit-taksing?
  6. Are you good at prioritising?

Challenge

  1. Do you get easily bored?
  2. Do you seek or provoke change?
  3. Do you like problem solving?
  4. Do you volunteer yourself (and others) to projects?
  5. Do you enjoy competition?
  6. Do you make new friends easily?

Confidence

  1. Are you happy to ask questions?
  2. Happy to provide full responses to questions?
  3. Do you feel confident in your own abilities?
  4. Do you argue your corner, even when you’re wrong?
  5. Do you dominate conversations?
  6. Do you enter conversations even when you haven’t got a clue about the subject matter?

How did you do?  Don’t forget, it’s important to strike a balance with mental toughness.  Those who score highly on mental toughness are often seen as insensitive, and bordering on bullying-like behaviour.   Those who have lower mental toughness scores are able to learn coping strategies to enable them to become more mentally tough.

If you want to know more about the Mental Toughness Test (MTQ48) please do contact me for more details.