Announcing The Crucible’s Gift by Dr. James Kelley

February 5, 2018

James KelleyWe are excited to announce the upcoming release of The Crucible’s Gift: 5 Lessons from Authentic Leaders Who Thrive in Adversity by author, speaker, and consultant Dr. James Kelley.

The majority of us will spend our working lives being not our best self, but rather a lesser version of our self, often creating a public façade that does not match who we are behind closed doors. And thus, we slowly die by a thousand paper cuts.

In an era of unauthentic leaders, the stakes could not be higher for embracing a better version of yourself that propels you and your team to success. In a social media world there is an abundance of false narratives about happiness and authenticity; it is easy to get lost on your journey. Kelley, an authentic leadership expert, shows that the key to personal and professional growth lies in how we respond effectively to adversity. In fact, what causes our organizations and us the most fear can be our greatest gift, creating a positive meaning out of challenges.

A test or trial—your individual crucible—gives you the potential to increase self-awareness, develop deeper compassion, live with more integrity, and create micro-moments of meaning with colleagues. High-impact leaders thrive in adversity because of their crucibles, not in spite of them.

The Crucible’s Gift introduces you to lessons from 140 diverse leaders who demonstrate the art of living more authentically. Combining these rich, raw, and insightful stories with his knowledge of business and psychology—as well as his candid accounts of what he has learned from his personal crucibles—Kelley shows how to transform what holds you back into traits that will propel you forward, encouraging you to step fully into you life.


James KelleyDr. James Kelley was born in Portland, Oregon. At 18 he moved to the Midwest to attend undergraduate studies. From there his life took many twists and turns resulting in a Ph.D. in International Marketing from The University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia. After spending seven years in Philadelphia teaching, he up rooted his family and recently began working at United Arab Emirates University. He is the host of the Executives After Hours podcast, consults, and speaks on the topic of adversity and leadership. Kelley resides near Dubai with his wife, Mary, and their four children.

The Crucible’s Gift will be available in April 2018. 

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