Warren Bennis and Robert J. Thomas
C10 Building an Effective Team
C11 Leading Hybrid Teams
C14 Collaboration and Influence
C18 Engaging the Team
C20 Wellbeing and Resilience for Teams
C34 Wellbeing and Resilience for Organisations
C37 Communication & Influence Skills
This article is entitled Crucibles of Leadership. It explores the mental qualities needed to becoming an inspiring leader. It asks the question – why is it that certain people seem to naturally inspire confidence, loyalty, and hard work, while others (who may have just as much vision and smarts) stumble, again and again?
The authors explain that a crucible is, by definition, a transformative experience through which an individual comes to a new or an altered sense of identity. These adverse experiences, they argue, can lead people to develop the kind of mental toughness that makes them a great leader.