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James Kelly
Crucible's Gift


Embracing adversity for authentic leadership lessons

Dr. James Kelley, author of The Crucible’s Gift: 5 Lessons from Authentic Leaders Who Thrive in Adversity, brings a fresh perspective to leadership coaching and keynotes. His journey from a humble home in Portland, Oregon to earning his PhD and living near Dubai with his wife and four children is full of adversity. James also has a keen interest in the adversity that shapes great leaders around the world.

Whether it’s on his podcast Executives After Hours or giving a keynote speech at a conference, James loves to dive deep and share stories of how and why leaders need crucible moments to be a better version of themselves.

James believes that his unique journey filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, and a driving curiosity, equips him to bring great value to the world of executive leadership.

Dr. James Can Talk To Your Audience About:

  • My compassion, your compassion, organizational compassion
  • Can an authentic leader be 100 percent honest?
  • Why thinking about your eulogy can make you a better leader
  • How a personal crucible can shape your future
  • The Authentic Leader Model and making better leaders
  • What are micro-moments of meaning and how to use them for personal
  • What living in the Middle East taught me about personal growth
  • How to look at your past, marry it with your now and move to the future