Unlabeled Leadership

014: Jack Bucalo Explains Leadership Skills that CEOs Desire

Feb. 3, 2021

On Wednesday episodes, I share leadership beliefs and unlabel terminology. I invite guests to share their expertise about small or big acts of leadership.

In Episode 14, Jack Bucalo, a leadership development expert, continues to discuss what makes a leadership development program useful for meeting the needs of CEOs and line executives. Jack describes specific hard and soft skills that contribute to attendees’ performance. He then explains action plans.

00:00 Prologue: Recap of Episode 011

In Episode 011, Jack clarified that the CEOs and line executives are the ultimate customers of leadership training. Many executives believe that leadership training repeatedly fails due to the lack of practical business value in helping them run the business. Jack highlighted two highly reputable studies that indicated that middle to upper management leadership training should be more about job-related hard skills than soft skills but instructed together in the appropriate mix and within the practical context of real-world business objectives.

01:18 Part 1: Hard and Soft Skills

Jack illustrates what hard and soft skills to use to develop mid-level and upper-level management with two examples.

09:58 Part 2: Action Plans

For leadership training to be effective, attendees need to apply what they learn. Jack talks about having the broad parameters of an action plan as a takeaway from the training experience.


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Episode links

Jack’s LinkedIn Profile

Jack’s articles

   Leadership Development Dilemma: Priority on Soft or Hard Skills?

   Leadership Development – The Urgent Need for A Major Paradigm Shift

   A New Path Forward to Leadership Development Success

Article with links to research studies: Leadership development is creating a dilemma

HR Exchange Network


Gary DePaul’s website

Gary’s books:

   What the Heck Is Leadership and Why Should I Care?

   Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership

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