Stress tolerance requires a great deal of resilience. It is often built up through experience, over time, the ability to bounce back from difficulties or tough times that could otherwise be overwhelming. Adapting well to trauma, tragedy, threats or stress is a sign of resilience. Often described as having a thick skin, this does not indicate that stress tolerant people do not feel the stress of trauma, it means that they can be persistent and persevere.
In the workplace, stress tolerance exhibits as people who are optimistic, able to handle high pressure, and able to temper their own emotional reactions to the situation they are in. They often cherish support and interactions. They have tolerance when receiving criticism and these are viewed as a learning process and a part of life helping organisations to excel and innovate.
They have a high tolerance for ambiguity as they are adaptable and can handle the stress of change or spontaneity. Often they keep the big picture in mind and maintain balance in the face of adversity.