STScI Logo

Space Telescope Science Institute
Hard Science/Soft Skills

Sam Bacharach

When Charisma and Vision Are Not Enough: The Skills of Pragmatic Leadership

Sam Bacharach
John Bahcall Auditorium
2:00 p.m.
April 22,, 2013

A great idea and charisma may get you in the door, but unless you have the ability to actually deliver on your promise, you will be remembered more for your personality than your leadership. Leaders are remembered for what they accomplished. Do you have the necessary skills to rally people around your ideas, to mobilize a team, to overcome inertia and create change? Do you have the capacity to get the buy in, to move agendas forward? In this session, you’ll learn how to master the skills of political competence in order to move an agenda. Recognize the benefits of developing these capabilities, foster the leadership potential of others, and create a more dynamic, proactive and energetic organization.

Samuel Bacharach is the McKelvey-Grant Professor of Labor Management 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, Samuel has established his own unique perspective on proactive leadership.

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.