Can Crucible Led Experiential Learning Effectively Develop Business Leadership Capabilities?

Steve Hinge, Eastern Institute of Technology

Abstract: A crucible is “...a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards” (Nathan, 2000). Can this experiential learning approach effectively develop business leadership capabilities? This research investigates literature for examples of effective leadership in two adventures beset by crucibles and follows an iterative grounded theory research methodology using Open and Axial coding to discover relevant concepts and themes. This process contributed 24 relevant concepts, which have been categorised into five themes of crucibles being triggered by an inspiring vision, then pressuring leaders to exercise effective leadership character, undertaking effective leadership praxis, facilitating effective teamwork, and monitoring leadership and team performance. This research finds that crucible led experiential learning can effectively develop business leadership capabilities.