Our Solution

Through rigorous analysis, The Crucible has distilled the spectrum of leadership behaviors into the Five Catalysts that are most essential in in a sponsor-backed deal. That spectrum includes traits that are all too familiar to Boards including urgency, hands-on execution, leadership, decisiveness, resiliency and others.

Our assessment is custom-built to support Boards in better understanding a leader’s ability to drive portfolio company transformation and scale. The insights are also intended to help leaders unlock their potential, advance their careers and create wealth. We present, the Five Catalysts:

Execution Engine

a data-driven bias for action, despite ambiguity and uncertainty.


the capacity to build trust, credibility, relationship and influence.

Emotional Leverage

exhibiting contagious levels of passion, resiliency and competitiveness.


possessed of high-performance psychology that sets standards, supports ambition and drives accountability.

Cognitive Horsepower

a combination of raw intellect and processing speed.

Risk Factors

The Crucible also quantifies areas for development, known as contaminants, to help support a leader's ongoing development. Same as a Crucible removes impurities, a sponsor-backed leadership role is an opportunity for an executive to continuously improve.