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7 Questions on Leadership with Bernard Bakker

Name: Bernard Bakker

Title: Director

Organisation: Go it ! Consulting

Love People Development

Love Family

Love Sport

Love the Lord Jesus

Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!

I hope Bernard's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!


Jonno White

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

Getting people to communicate freely and fear-free

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

Not at school...

Some social recognition at varsity

Little development in first years of career

Big step during MBA

Bigger step starting own business in people development

Recognition of my integrity thereafter served in 12 positions since... for which I have not done one application and no interviews


3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

Early morning sport

Serving breakfast to my wife

06h00 at work

Management by walking around

Finish day at 15h00

More sport with wife


Self development

With classical music in background

Short yoga session

In bed

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

Don't hide emotions

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

Go iT! HOW TO ENGAGE IN DELIVERY BEYOND EXPECATIONS, which I wrote myself. My research on how critical emotional intelligence is in effective leadership, has changed my career life.

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

Surround yourself with people who are excellent communicators

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?

The Owner/Director of the company I started working for as a GM could not stand someone in the sales department. He asked what will I do with him. I have changed the culture and and applied participative engagement to a point where the Director has invited the sales person to congratulate him with his performance...

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