Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader

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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- Become more playful with your self-concept, allowing your familiar—and possibly outdated—leadership style to evolve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.


Ibarra, Herminia

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Biography Artist:
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).
"Such a clearly written and empowering book, that does so much more than the title suggests (which is quite a lot!) This book has really helped re-energise me as a person, as well as look at our agency and my role--now I focus on the business and not the work. I appreciate it's a bit out of place from the rest of the selection, so see it as an update on where we're at now as people and as a business. The music is still there, the art is still there, and the inspiration is still there." -- Dan Moore, managing director, It's Nice That 2016 Axiom Business Book Silver Award in LEADERSHIP

“[One] of my favourite business books...Ibarra, an Insead professor, points out that the best way to learn how to be a leader is to lead... She includes great advice about networking, authenticity and storytelling, areas that in other hands can seem like hopeless fads." — Financial Times

“ Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader serves as a thoroughly original, practical guide to becoming a better leader." — TD magazine (Association for Talent Development)

“Packed with self-assessments and a huge amount of practical advice this book will help you to devise a plan of action to become a better leader and bring your career to the next level. One of the best self-improvement and leadership books now around." — Andreas von der Heydt, Head of Kindle Content at Amazon, Germany

Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader , another of my favourite business books of action-packed guide to the leadership transition" — Andrew Hill, Financial Times

“The opposite of a traditional guidebook, the book will inspire you to achieve success and satisfaction in a fast-evolving workplace." — Business Insider

“Looking at the flood of new publications on the theme of leadership, the question arises if they are actually of any use to the reader. The book Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader by INSEAD Professor Herminia Ibarra is unquestionably an exception. Based on a solid academic basis, it delivers concrete assistance for the first time takeover of a leadership role...." — Personalwirtschaft magazine

“According to Ibarra, building a more diverse network can deliver flashes of 'outsight', which in turn can help us redefine what we do and who we are. Her book provides a lot of sound practical advice to get you started." — Mind Tools (

“Received wisdom dictates thinking should come before acting...But Herminia Ibarra doesn't have much time for received wisdom. In her provocative and essential new book, Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader , Ibarra flips the status quo on its head. The only way to become a leader, she states, is to start acting like one." — HR Magazine

“This highly unconventional management based on [Ibarra's] years of teaching at the highest level and researching how managers 'step up' to leadership." — Developing Leaders

“Against the current of advice to be authentic and transparent, a great scholar examines the dangers of being true to yourself... an important book." — Adam Grant, as seen on LinkedIn

“ excellent, insightful and thoughtful book for leaders of any tenure to consider as they seek out new ways to redefine (and arguably refine) their leadership abilities." — Dan Pontefract, Forbes

“Concise, direct, and possessing a certain flair, Ibarra's new book (her second) is a projection of her personality." — strategy+business magazine

“4 must-read IT leadership books" — CIO Magazine

“...a terrific book by one of Insead's most famous professors... It will surely become a benchmark for other management and practical 'how-to' books." — Julia Hobsbawm, professor of networking, and founder of Editorial Intelligence (As seen in Management Today )

“... a huge amount of practical advice in it, and the argument quickly becomes persuasiv
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