Transformative Experience

According to Bennis and Thomas “a crucible, by definition, is a transformative experience through which an individual comes to a new or an altered sense of identity……Everyone is tested by life, but only a few extract enough strength and wisdom from their most trying experiences. They’re the ones we call leaders.”

Please read the following article and reflect on a “crucible” experience or event that, in their opinion, has shaped their views, approach and understanding of leadership. It is my belief that each of you have had at least one “crucible” event or experience that has significantly influenced and/or shaped your identity as a leader.

“Crucibles of Leadership” by Warren Bennis and Robert J. Thomas, Harvard Business Review, Sep2002, Vol. 80 Issue 9, p39-45, 6p,
As part of your answer please also consider the following issues:
⬧ What was the “crucible” experience or event and how did it change or transform you? (provide background and context)?
⬧ What was the impact of this experience on your values and/or beliefs (i.e., adopted, discarded, modified, etc.)?
⬧ What assumptions about leadership were made and/or challenged (i.e., how has it affect your identity as a leader)?
⬧ What impact did this experience have on your view and approach to leadership (i.e., what insights did you gain from this crucible event/experience)?
⬧ What skills and/or strengths did you discover you had and/or did you develop as a result of your crucible event/experience?

Provide as much detail as necessary in setting the background so that the reader have a clear understanding of the context of the situation.

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