mental toughness & leadership

Mental toughness is a phrase that triggers unflattering business stereotypes in your head. But today’s guest claims it’s a skill that every executive, manager and entrepreneur really needs. Join host Hanna Hasl-Kelchner as she welcomes mental toughness expert, author of Secrets of a Strong Mind, LaRae Quy to find out what in the world she’s talking about.


  • The 4 essential components of mental toughness. Secrets of a strong mind
  • Why mental toughness is really a soft skill.
  • How mental toughness differs from positive thinking. 
  • Why you need to push your personal limits to achieve mental toughness. 
  • Whether women need mental toughness more than men. 
  • What to do when you have self-doubt or limiting beliefs about your abilities. 
  • Why mental toughness demands you treat your business problems like an FBI investigation. 
  • And much MORE.

LaRae Quy - mental toughness expert
LaRae Quy is a former FBI undercover and counterintelligence agent.

If you’re a fan of the TV hit show Quantico, please know that LaRae attended training at the real FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. It’s a culture that values physical strength and as a woman all eyes were on her to see if she could handle it.

It was a hostile environment that at times openly questioned her qualifications to become an FBI agent, even though she had scored exceptionally high on cognitive and personality tests.

Just as steel is forged under great heat, the pressure LaRae experienced at Quantico galvanized her determination to succeed. And succeed she did.

She developed the mental toughness necessary to identify foreign spies and recruit them to work for the US. Government. That’s right, she got these foreign spies to flip and change sides. To do that successfully meant she had to learn how to survive in an environment of tremendous personal risk, uncertainty, and deception while doing her James Bond work.

Mental Toughness for Women Leaders
She says her 24 year career with the FBI led her to believe that most barriers to personal success are internal. And lucky for us, she authored two books on the subject: 
Secrets Of A Strong Mind: What My Years As An FBI Counterintelligence Agent Taught Me About Leadership and Empowerment – And How To Make It Work For You 


Mental Toughness for Women Leaders: 52 Tips To Recognize and Utilize Your Greatest Strengths.


Contact LaRae and connect with her on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

Take the FREE Mental Toughness Assessment LaRae created and mentioned during her interview.

LaRae’s favorite quote from Calvin Coolidge:

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.


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