• Kevin Nourse, PhD

Crucibles of Leadership: Book Review

Crucibles of Leadership: How to learn from experience to become a great leader

Boston, Harvard Business School Press, 2008.

by Robert J. Thomas

This book deeply explores the importance and power of reframing adversity as a growth opportunity where real leadership is born, consistent with the metaphor of a crucible for refining precious metals. Thomas underscores that the essence of thriving in adversity is learning. It addresses the importance of leaders' experiences, how to create a personal learning strategy in order to grow through adversity, and identifies an organizational agenda for experience-based leadership development. Filled with examples and practical application, the book is a great resource for leaders and OD professionals.

© 2014 Kevin Nourse, PhD


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