Tips on career rebounds for French socialists and CEOs alike

Herminia Ibarra Career Management,   Leadership The Financial Times

Herminia Ibarra of Insead on Arnaud Montebourg’s business school reinvention and other comebacks. Teaching at France’s Insead business school, I’ve had a ringside seat this term for an intriguing career U-turn. One of my pupils on the advanced management programme was Arnaud Montebourg, the former French economy minister who was this year ousted from President François Hollande’s cabinet. Mr Montebourg, …

The Authenticity Paradox

Herminia Ibarra Leadership Harvard Business Review

Authenticity has become the gold standard for leadership. But a simplistic understanding of what it means can hinder your growth and limit your impact. Consider Cynthia, a general manager in a health care organization. Her promotion into that role increased her direct reports 10-fold and expanded the range of businesses she oversaw—and she felt a little shaky about making such …

Forget Mozart, companies now prefer a steady Salieri as CEO

Herminia Ibarra Leadership The Financial Times

The pendulum seems to be swinging away from egocentric, inspirational stagecraft. It used to be that calling someone a “good manager” was to damn with faint praise. But we may have had a surfeit of charisma and be ready for some nuts-and-bolts leadership. Sanofi’s Chris Viehbacher is the latest larger-than-life chief executive to be ousted by his board for a …

How Companies Are Putting Managers in a Bind

Herminia Ibarra Career Management,   Leadership The Wall Street Journal

Businesses Are Giving Bosses New Responsibilities but Not Training Them for Those Roles Businesses are putting managers in a tough spot: They’re forcing bosses to take on many new responsibilities – but they’re not training them to get those jobs done. With competition fierce and the business climate changing rapidly, companies are telling their leaders that it’s no longer enough …

Inclusive Leadership: Unlocking Diverse Talent

Herminia Ibarra and Nana von Bernuth Leadership,   Women & Work INSEAD Knowledge

Gender diversity can be a polarising topic in big companies. Swiss Re holds some important lessons on how to foster a diverse environment with flexibility and inclusiveness for everyone. Nia Joynson-Romanzina, the head of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Swiss Re, likens people in her organisation, and beyond, to icebergs. Not because they’re cold but because there is a diversity …

How to Break Through a Career Impasse

Herminia Ibarra Career Management,   Leadership Harvard Business Review

Many of the successful managers and professionals who come back to business school at mid-career are looking for more than honing their leadership skills. Many are stuck in their careers. They’re looking for direction and support for the changes they long to make in the near future. But, their networks just keep dragging them back to the past – and …

Six Ways to Grow Your Job

Herminia Ibarra Career Management,   Leadership Harvard Business Review

In today’s resource-constrained environment, many of us are delivering 120% on the current demands of our job—but devoting little time to developing ourselves further or positioning ourselves for a future move. As one of my executive MBA students recently told me, “I know that I have to carve out more time to think strategically about my business, but all my …

Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers

Herminia Ibarra, Robin Ely, and Deborah Kolb Leadership,   Women & Work Harvard Business Review

Many CEOs who make gender diversity a priority—by setting aspirational goals for the proportion of women in leadership roles, insisting on diverse slates of candidates for senior positions, and developing mentoring and training programs—are frustrated. They and their companies spend time, money, and good intentions on efforts to build a more robust pipeline of upwardly mobile women, and then not …

How Female Leaders Should Handle Double-Standards

Herminia Ibarra Leadership,   Women & Work Harvard Business Review

IMF head Christine Lagarde tells a story about a woman leader she met who took over at a tough moment in her country’s history and resolved to be different. They had to cut the deficit and she wanted to set standards by personal example. When she travelled around the country, she took a small entourage of five cars. But the …

Can Companies Both Do Well and Do Good?

Morten T. Hansen, Herminia Ibarra, and Urs Peyer Leadership Harvard Business Review

Many management thinkers argue that it is no longer enough to do well financially; companies also need to improve the well-being of (or at least not harm) the communities in which they operate, the environment, and their employees. (See, for example, “Creating Shared Value,” by Michael E. Porter and Mark R. Kramer.) That’s the good news. The bad news is …