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In Crucibles of Leadership, Robert J. Thomas concludes that what matters most is what one makes of experience, particularly the traumatic and often unplanned crucible events that challenge one's identity as a leader. What ...
In Crucibles of Leadership, Robert J. Thomas concludes that what matters most is what one makes of experience, particularly the traumatic and often unplanned crucible events that challenge one's identity as a leader. What distinguishes leaders who grow through a crucible experience? Their approach to learning. Like accomplished athletes or artists, they practice as strenuously as they perform. And because the line between performance and practice is often hard to discern, they learn how to practice while they perform.
But theirs is no ordinary practice. It's a regimen tailored to individual aspirations, motivations, and learning styles--a Personal Learning Strategy. Building on insightful and moving stories told by accomplished leaders, Thomas offers probing self-assessments and innovative tools designed to help you develop your own Personal Learning Strategy.
Provocative and original, with examples drawn from business and politics as well as from the inner workings of the Mormon Church and the Hell's Angels, Thomas's book will revolutionize the way you think about leadership and learning.
Posted January 9, 2009
Most great leaders are great because they¿ve been through the fire. That is, they¿ve performed admirably, even gallantly, during a particularly difficult experience ¿ a searing, unforgettable crucible or test ¿ in their past. The experience molded them and taught them about life and leadership. These leaders continue to apply the tough lessons they learned to the current obstacles they face. Robert J. Thomas has studied leadership the way a particle physicist tracks photons and neutrinos. His research indicates that experience ¿ and even more, learning from experience ¿ separates those who lead from those who are led. Thomas explains how you can develop your own Personal Learning Strategy to develop and enhance your leadership skills. Bringing his own leadership and research credentials to bear, he explains how you can teach yourself to become a leader. getAbstract recommends his book to executive leaders and management leaders in training.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 13, 2010
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