16 minutes | Jan 27th 2021

011: Jack Bucalo and The Limitations of Leadership Development Programs

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 11, I invited Jack Bucalo, a leadership development expert, who characterizes traditional leadership development programs and describes their limitations. He explains what these programs need that’s different from the traditional approach.

00:00 Prologue: Evidence-based Leadership Development

Jack Bucalo has authored more than fifty detailed and actionable articles about HR and leadership development. When Jack was the Corporate Senior VP of Human Resources and Chief HR Officer for Fiserv, he partnered with the Chief Executive Officer and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee to develop the first Fiserv executive development leadership center.

02:12 Part 1: Skills Addressed in Traditional Leadership Development

Jack explains that traditional leadership development programs are about training management about soft skills, including leadership styles, behaviors, and interpersonal skills. Yet, CEOs and line executives fail to mitigate leadership performance gaps.

06:37 Part 2: Why Have Traditional Leadership Development Programs Failed?

Leadership development programs need a mix of hard and soft skills. Jack shares some reputable research studies that described specific skills that should be included in leadership development.


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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

Background Music

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00:00 Theme music: Inspiring Uplifting Corporate by mixer_drummer

01:52 Bring the Fun by pinkzebra

06:17 Blues Background by AudioZen

14:14 Uplifting Acoustic Summer by pinkzebra

14:51 Fun and Flirtyby BrownHouseMedia

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