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Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader

Herminia Ibarra, Author


Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader

Do you know if you Act Like a Leader and Think Like a Leader?  There is no cookie cutter system for developing great leaders.  Everyone has their own values, beliefs and styles that can work successfully.  So how do you figure out what will work for you when you are still trying to develop the behaviors of a successful leader?  Just have fun!  In this podcast Steve talks with Herminia Ibarra, author of Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader where they discuss many unique and insightful methods for the successful leader to understand their uniqueness.  Can’t relate to the male role models around you?  Trying to find successful women in leadership?  This podcast will answer both of those issues and so much more.  If you want to keep building an awesome career, you owe it to yourself to listen to this podcast!

Here’s a summary of the book:

You aspire to lead with greater impact. The problem is you’re busy executing on today’s demands. You know you have to carve out time from your day job to build your leadership skills, but it’s easy to let immediate problems and old mind-sets get in the way. Herminia Ibarra—an expert on professional leadership and development and a renowned professor at INSEAD, a leading international business school—shows how managers and executives at all levels can step up to leadership by making small but crucial changes in their jobs, their networks, and themselves. In Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, she offers advice to help you:

• Redefine your job in order to make more strategic contributions
• Diversify your network so that you connect to, and learn from, a bigger range of stakeholders
• Become more playful with your self-concept, allowing your familiar—and possibly outdated—leadership style to evolve

Ibarra turns the usual “think first and then act” philosophy on its head by arguing that doing these three things will help you learn through action and will increase what she calls your outsight—the valuable external perspective you gain from direct experiences and experimentation. As opposed to insight, outsight will then help change the way you think as a leader: about what kind of work is important; how you should invest your time; why and which relationships matter in informing and supporting your leadership; and, ultimately, who you want to become.

Packed with self-assessments and practical advice to help define your most pressing leadership challenges, this book will help you devise a plan of action to become a better leader and move your career to the next level. It’s time to learn by doing.

What Others Say:
Joe Kaeser, CEO, Siemens AG—
“Herminia Ibarra’s insightful new book is an inspirational read for everyone who has a passion for leading and developing people. In times of rapid change, her profound research and hands-on approach of ‘transforming by doing’ is broadening horizons.”

Susan P. Peters, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, GE—
“In this provocative new book, Herminia Ibarra takes into account the high-velocity, shape-shifting context that we all live in and offers an action-oriented, practical playbook on leadership, identity, and change. It is a must-read for the contemporary leader.”

Marshall Goldsmith, author of New York Times and global best seller What Got You Here Won’t Get You There—
“Herminia Ibarra has created a valuable and successful model for helping forward-thinking professionals move up the corporate ladder.”

Linda A. Hill, Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; coauthor of Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader—
“Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader provides insightful and practical advice about how to do the hardest thing of all—change ourselves.”

Charlotte Beers, former CEO, Ogilvy & Mather; former Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, US Department of State—
“In order to be a better leader, you need to ‘act first, then think.’ Read this book to find out what a most original thinker, Herminia Ibarra, has in mind.”

Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever—
“This intelligent and thought-provoking book is for those who really want to make a difference—those willing to act their way into leadership situations they might previously have thought themselves out of.”

Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School Professor; best-selling author of Confidence and SuperCorp—
“Herminia Ibarra clears the myths about leadership with her fresh, profound, yet down-to-earth book about the importance of action over introspection. She’s the perfect coach, showing aspiring leaders how to get over themselves and see the world around them. Her stories and tools make this a must-read for blossoming as a leader.”
About the Author
Herminia Ibarra is an expert on professional and leadership development. She is the Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning at INSEAD, the founding director of The Leadership Transition executive education program at INSEAD, and the author of Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career (Harvard Business Review Press, 2003).

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