One learned a lot from Bennis and Thomas’ (2013) article entitled “Crucibles of Leadership” in terms of recognizing and realizing that in times of adversity or severe trials (crucibles), the true essence of a successful leader emerges. It was significantly illuminating to have been apprised that what separates an extraordinary leader from the rest is his ability be resilient amidst severe challenges and find meaning despite a barrage of negative forces. The rationale for the distinction was identified to have been the most essential leadership skills that are more honed to greater perfection after weathering the storm and emerging victorious from the identified crucibles.
In terms of an experience that could be considered one’s crucible, one could remember that persistence, commitment and determination are facets that are essential in achieving one’s professional goals. There was an instance when one had to apply for a part-time job in a prestigious organization. There were more than 75 candidates who applied for the position, and only 8 would be selected. The screening and interview phases were intense and intimidating. However, instead of being discouraged, one’s belief that the position and responsibilities could be performed with one’s educational background and competencies; in conjunction with an exemplary work ethics and moral values, one was able to surpass the grueling challenge and eventually emerged victorious.
This was a lesson that one has to be more optimistic and assume a more proactive stance in various endeavors. When asked what the main criteria that the recruitment officers selected from the 8 successful candidates, they revealed that qualities of determination, genuine interest, ability to maintain a cool stance despite their intention to impose stressful forces, and the ability to exhibit innate concern for others in the work setting were evidently possessed and exemplified.
Bennis, W. G., & Thomas, R. J. (2013). Crucibles of Leadership. Retrieved from Harvard Business Review: http://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cb/pl/19344106/19344295/b95fd09a0b0fd2c161af19975a823e16