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What Mentally Strong Leaders Believe

Mentally strong leaders aren’t just acting tough on the surface—they possess an obvious inner strength. They’re modest, authentic, and compassionate. But at the same time, they’re engaged, intense, and decisive.

Mentally strong leaders think big, act courageous, and feel confident. Their abilities, achievements, and demeanor stem from their core beliefs. Here’s what mentally strong leaders believe:

1. Character Is More Important Than Reputation

Mentally strong leaders are more concerned with making the best choices, rather than pleasing other people. They stay focused on what really matters—their character—without worrying about how they’ll be perceived. But because they are genuine people who live according to their values, their authenticity naturally shines through and attracts followers.

2. Struggles Are Opportunities to Grow Stronger

Instead of wishing hard times didn’t happen, they believe struggles are a part of life. They strive to turn hardship into opportunities to grow stronger. They challenge themselves and their organizations to conquer the hurdles that stand between them and their goals.

3. It’s Wise to Acknowledge Weaknesses

Mentally strong leaders don’t waste energy masking their vulnerabilities. Instead, they address their weaknesses head-on. When faced with a task that isn’t well-suited for them, they delegate or ask for help.

4. It’s Okay to Admit You Don’t Have the Answers

Mentally strong leaders aren’t afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when they’re presented with questions they can’t answer. Rather than feel threatened by tough questions, they appreciate the challenge. They’re lifelong learners who are invested in gaining more knowledge.

5. It’s Essential To Pay Attention To Your Emotions

Whether mentally strong leaders are worried about personal issues, or they’re excited about a new opportunity, they’re acutely aware of how those emotions may affect their decisions. They concentrate on coping with their emotions in a healthy manner, rather than temporarily escaping the discomfort.

6. Their Job Is to Control Themselves, Not Other People

Mentally strong leaders know they can influence other people, but they can’t control them. Instead of yelling, manipulating, or threatening others into compliance, they role model the exemplary behavior they wish to see. Their self-control brings out the best in other people.

7. There Is Always Room For Improvement

You won’t hear a mentally strong leader say, “I’m already mentally strong enough.” They balance self-acceptance with a desire for self-improvement. They strive to become a little better today than they were yesterday so they can continue on the path toward reaching their greatest potential.

Everyone Can Build Mental Strength

Mentally strong leaders are made, not born. Anyone can choose to build muscle. Just like you can make choices that will help you to become physically stronger, you can perform exercises that will help you become mentally stronger.

Give up the bad habits that rob you of mental strength, like self-pity and people-pleasing. And choose to develop healthy habits that will help you become the strongest and best version of yourself. Train your brain to become mentally stronger by expressing gratitude, challenging yourself to step outside your comfort zone, and facing your fears one small step at a time.

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