ABSTRACT

In this chapter, the focus is on crucibles associated with the development of identity. These crucibles include experiences of microaggressions and racial discrimination. Specific incidents are discussed by several of the PRSA Fellows. A theoretical model is provided that illustrates how crucibles can result in leader development and resilience. It is important for all leaders to be aware of the obstacles faced by people of color and recognize their own biases and prejudices. Particularly troubling are subjugated ascriptions, which refer to viewing other people as inferior. Examples of strategies are provided that can be used to cope with these types of crucibles and to develop confidence in one’s cultural identity.