Author Archive | Robert Bacal

Responsive Leadership An Essential Skill For Leaders

Summary: A few years ago, when I was working on a book on communication, it struck me that responsiveness — the ability to portray to others that you are both listening and responding to their words, meanings, intent, etc, is a critical part of management success, loyalty building, and ultimately, leadership. Here’s an article that […]

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Simple, Effective, Fast Performance Management – A Model For Managers

Companies, HR, and managers seem completely stuck when it comes to managing performance to improve organizational and employee productivity and success. Oddly enough, the answers to most questions and issues surrounding performance reviews, appraisals, and management have been around for decades, and have been used, albeit quietly and without fanfare in a number of organizations, […]

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Authentic Leadership: The Devil Is In The Details

Authentic leadership sounds so so good. So humane, so natural. We tend to value people who appear to us to be lacking in pretention, and lacking in guile. We don’t like people to be fake, so we immediately embraced authentic leadership as a desirable and valued approach to leadership. Except we haven’t asked the right […]

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Leaders CAN Increase Employee Self-Confidence: Significant Payoff

One of the characteristics of an effective leader is that he or she “makes those around them into better performers”. That’s oft said about the best athletes, but also applies to musicians, and even managers like yourself. While the best athletes contribute to their team with their advanced talent and skills, they also affect those around […]

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Election Time: Learn To Be A Better Leader By Observing Politicians

With federal elections coming up in both the United States and Canada, we’re all being bombarded with political ads, debates, public appearances, and pretty much anything but the kitchen sink. Politicians are fighting to separate themselves from their “competition”. It’s a goldmine for learning about leadership. It’s great to read all you can about leaders […]

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The Primary Myth About Effective Leadership

If you read about leadership, or attend seminars given by even the great leaders, you’ll often be told that “effective leadership requires [fill in the blank]” where the blank is filled in by some set of critical factors, traits, skills or beliefs that that person deems as essential to effective leadership. It’s not that those […]

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Developing The Informal Leaders In Your Organization

Leadership Development For Informal Leaders by Robert Bacal Some Pitfalls To Consider When Thinking About Developing An Informal Leader In Understanding Informal Leaders In An Organization (and Benefiting From Them) we provided a brief overview of the power of informal leaders in organizations. It makes sense for formal leaders to recognize the pivotal roles these “influence leaders” […]

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