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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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EXPLORING YOUR CAPABILITIES

Begin with a Candid Self-Assessment

I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.

—Eartha Kitt

I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.

—Winston Churchill

RECALL THE AMAZEMENT with which you first watched a glassblower draw a delicately fluted champagne glass out of a glowing blob of liquid crystal or a gifted orator achieve rapport with an audience of strangers. The effects these people created seemed magical, even mystical. Even though you knew that nothing ethereal was going on, you could not help but feel awestruck.

How did they get there?

Practice, practice, practice. No one skill defines an eminent glassblower, a public speaker, or a leader. But mastering ...

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