This blog has been established for the purpose of observing and examining leadership. It is dedicated to the belief that good leaders do not simply come up with good ideas, but they have the capacity to actively put those ideas into play and deliver. This blog is dedicated to teaching, learning, and observing leadership in action, at all levels of our society—in the classroom, in the community, in the workplace, and in government.
The essential question this blog asks is: “What makes leadership work?” Our orientation maintains that good leaders have the capacity to mobilize people around their ideas and sustain momentum to put their ideas in place. Good leaders have the skills to get people on their side and keep them there.
The blog was conceived, developed, and launched by Samuel Bacharach the McKelvey-Grant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Cornell University’s ILR School. He is the Director of ILR’s New York City based Institute for Workplace Studies as well as the Director of the Smithers Institute and the director of the New York City-based Master of Professional Studies. He received his BS in economics from NYU and his MS and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.
For the last 10 years, Professor Bacharach has focused on bridging theory and practice. Integrating his earlier work on politics, negotiation, and complex organizations into his studies of the workplace, Sam has established his own unique perspective on proactive leadership. Samuel is the author and editor of over 100 articles and over 20 books, including his two most influential works, Get Them on Your Side: Win Support, Convert Skeptics, and Get Results (2005) and Keep Them on Your Side: Leading and Managing for Momentum (2006). His work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Fast Company, HR Magazine, CIO Magazine, Investor’s Business Daily, Leadership Excellence, and Harvard Management Update.
Working with eCornell, Samuel has developed a dynamic 10-course leadership training certificate for high potentials, subscribed to by many Fortune 500 companies. Among the organizations trained in his pragmatic leadership approach are: Computer Sciences Corporation, PepsiAmericas, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, March of Dimes, Wal-Mart Stores, Citigroup, International Monetary Fund, Mellon Financial, Starbucks, BASF, BMC Software, Boeing, Inter-Continental Hotels Group, Chubb, Nintendo, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Devon Energy, TeleTech, and Gap, Inc.
In 2010 Samuel co-founded the Bacharach Leadership Group, an organization which specializes in leadership development programs with an emphasis on micro-skills: change, execution, negotiation and coaching. Since then, it has worked with numerous organizations to train their high-potentials in the skills of pragmatic leadership.
For more information on Professor Bacharach visit his ILR faculty page.
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