Author, speaker and consultant Dr. James Kelley was born in Portland, Oregon. Following the completion of an MBA and a year of teaching English in Japan, James moved to Australia to pursue his Ph.D. in International Marketing. He is the host of the Executives After Hours podcast, where he explores topics such as authenticity and success with leaders from diverse organizations and industries. Kelley currently teaches at the United Arab Emirates University in Dubai, and resides near Dubai with his wife, Mary, and their four children. www.drjameskelley.com
"The Crucible's Gift offers leaders insight into their
deepest places that define them. Prepare for a remarkable
journey of self-discovery, guided by the stories of leaders who had
the courage to go on record in this book and the insights
of the author, James Kelley, whose own story made this book
--Dr. Marshall Goldsmith - The Thinkers 50 #1 Leadership Thinker in the World..".The Crucible's Gift, will guide you on a deep exploration of how to become an authentic leader--learning and growing from your crucible experience with increased self-awareness, integrity, compassion, and ability to relate to others. Following Kelley's great wisdom will not only enable you to become a better leader but a better human being as well."
--Bill George, Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School, former Chair & CEO of Medtronic, and author of Discover Your True North"We all face challenges. James Kelley's insightful new book shows us how we can leverage adversity to become better leaders--and humans--by embracing our true selves."
--Dorie Clark, author of Stand Out and Reinventing You, and adjunct professor, Duke University's Fuqua School of Business"Everyone faces adversity and we all arrive at crucibles that dictate our next path. In this book, Dr. James Kelley highlights the 5 lessons we need to learn to succeed and how the "micro-moments" we encounter help us become better leaders."
--Jeffrey Hayzlett: Primetime TV & Podcast Host, Speaker, Author and Part-Time Cowboy"James Kelley shows us that adversity is part of anything built well."
--Bernie Swain, Founder, Washington Speakers Bureau"We all face moments of truth in life. How we handle these crucible moments ultimately define who we are. The Crucible's Gift is a powerful, insight-packed, must read. Dr. Kelley has given us the gift of an authentic look into what it really takes to design a legendary life."
--Chris Lochhead, Legends & Losers Podcast Host, Co-Author of Play Bigger"James Kelley brings characteristic enthusiasm and curiosity to this fascinating exploration of what helps leaders to succeed and thrive in today's challenging environment."
--Hal Movius, President, Movius Consulting"James Kelley interviews 140 leaders from all walks of life...in a compelling and compassionate manner with a delightful and irreverent self-dialog. This is an inspiring piece of work. This will bring up your self awareness of your own qualities of leadership and give a clear focus on how to be a better version of yourself."
--Dennis Boyle Co-Founder of IDEO"The impact of toxic leadership is well documented, yet organizations still fall victim to a lack of integrity and honesty at the top. The Crucible's Gift opens up an important conversation about the stuff authentic leaders are made of--and you will meet many in this book whose stories are benchmarks for all of us. Highly recommended."
--Jon Berghoff, President, Flourishing Leadership Institute and Creator of the L.E.A.F. Certification