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Crucibles of Leadership: How to Learn from Experience to Become a Great Leader by Robert J. Thomas

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EXTRACTING INSIGHT FROM EXPERIENCE

To be thrown upon one’s own resources is to be cast into the very lap of fortune; for our faculties then undergo a development and display an energy of which they were previously unsusceptible.

—Benjamin Franklin

PEOPLE WHO UNDERGO A CRUCIBLE and grow through the experience all share something vital: they don’t become stuck. No matter how much they struggle, no matter how much they may grieve, and no matter how much they may chafe at finding themselves in situations they cannot immediately control, they are not paralyzed by difficult situations. Where others see chaos and confusion, they see opportunities to learn and grow.

This chapter explores the role of crucibles in the education of a leader and ...

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