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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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LEADERS AS EXPERT PERFORMERS

Practice Can Trump Talent

The fight is won or lost far away from the witnesses, behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road; long before I dance under those lights.

—Muhammad Ali

INTELLECT, BREEDING, BEAUTY—none of these things has much to do with whether or not you develop as a leader through a crucible experience. Talent plays a role, undoubtedly, but it is a supporting role. No amount of native talent can prepare a leader for the infinite variety of circumstances she will face or the challenges she must surmount. No gene for resilience ensures that gems of wisdom will suddenly appear amid the turmoil of a crucible.

What distinguishes these leaders who do continue to learn and grow is their approach ...

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