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In conversation with a true academic superstar and one of my absolute favorite leadership and management scholars, Herminia Ibarra. We chat about gender, leadership, diversity, and the predictably unpredictable future of work

Empson & Morley Podcast: Episode 3: Ambition versus Reluctance
Professional people can be notoriously reluctant to see themselves as leaders. Empson & Morley explore what can be done to support professionals making the transition from full-time fee earner to leader. They examine the myth of “authenticity” with Professor Herminia Ibarra, of London Business School, globally renowned expert in leadership identity and career transitions.

In conversation: Why is it so hard to become a better version of yourself.

Habits , The Pictet Group

(Found in Conversation – April 2020)

How do we keep our sanity and stay productive when all of the world’s rituals have been disrupted? This episode focuses on empirically-proven strategies for changing one’s life and work.

Guests BJ Fogg, founder and director of the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford, Herminia Ibarra, Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School, and Alexandre Tavazzi, Global Strategist at Pictet Wealth Management and Head of the CIO Office, share a common commitment in the value of small but carefully considered changes in attitude and lifestyle to help achieve ambitious personal and professional goals – whether quitting a bad habit, such as smoking, making a career change or becoming a more effective leader.

Authenticity Is a Double-Edged Sword

WorkLife with Adam Grant

“Just be yourself.” That’s popular work advice these days, with more and more companies encouraging people to “be authentic” and bring their whole selves to work. But when we get real at the wrong time or in the wrong way, it can backfire. What does effective authenticity look like, and how can we learn to strike the right balance?
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How do we overcome the fear of taking risks?

(The Bregman Leadership Podcast – July 2018)

Herminia Ibarra, the author of Act Like a Leader, Think Like A Leader, explains how managers can step up to bigger leadership positions, without relying on introspection. Discover how “act, then listen” applies here, the benefits of a professional association, and whether or not you’re defaulting to checking off your to-do list.

Herminia Ibarra on Learning to Lead

(Gayle Allen – March 2016)

We are taught to think before we act. But what happens when we need to act in order for that thinking to make sense?

How to Lead with Greater Impact

(33voices – April 2015)

In this podcast with Moe Abdou founder of 33voices you’ll see that Herminia Ibarra’s philosophy isn’t about strengths, introspection or self-reflection. To her, it’s about acting your way into becoming a great leader.

As you listen to the conversation, pay attention to her commentary on these key topics:

  • Why the state of leadership today is less than satisfactory
  • Why the way leaders think about their jobs is what’s keeping them from stepping up
  • Why scheduling ‘thinking time’ is a bad idea
  • The three key principle of The “Outsight” Principle
  • The key to continually redefining your role as a leader

Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader

(Forbes – April 2015)

In this Future of Work Podcast Jacob Morgan talks with Herminia Ibarra about how people can actually become leaders. They discuss the importance of getting out of your comfort zone, the importance of building bridges within your organization, and other cool concepts from Herminia Ibarra’s book Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, such as authenticity and employee engagement.

Act Like a Leader. Think Like a Leader.

(Engaging Leader – April 2015)

It’s sort of a chicken-or-the-egg question. To take your next step toward great leadership, do you start with introspection and learning to think like a leader? Or do you put yourself into positions where you are forced to learn by doing? Most leadership books and courses give you one answer. But a contrarian and counter-intuitive new book by one of the world’s top business experts says they’re wrong.

Act First, Not Think First

(People and Projects Podcasts – March 2015)

In this episode Andy Kaufman from People and Projects Podcast is talking to Herminia Ibarra, author of Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, about why leadership training isn’t preparing you to lead and what to do about it.

Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader

(LDRLB – March 2015)

In this interview, David Burkus discusses with Herminia Ibarra 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.

Why Leadership Feels Awkward

(Harvard Business Review – March 2015)

Herminia Ibarra, author of Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, on moving forward even when it’s not comfortable.

Building The Next Generation of Female Leaders

(The Takeaway – March 2015)

There are a record 26 women who head Fortune 500 companies right now, and as the next generation of female business leaders emerge, there needs to be new models other than the traditional “renegade” and “pioneer,” says Herminia Ibarra. Ibarra is a professor at the French business school INSEAD and author of the new book: “Act Like a Leader. Think Like Leader.” She says there needs to be a new philosophy around confidence and leadership.

Act Like a Leader, with Herminia Ibarra

(blogtalkradio – February 2015)

Conventional approaches to growing leadership don’t work very well, according to nearly everybody. Into this gap comes Herminia Ibarra with her first hand experiences at INSEAD, combined with the insight and analysis that have become her trademark. Calling in to the show live from France, Herminia discusses with Tom Cox the surprising inversion she discovered, and a new, more effective way to grow ourselves — and others — as senior leaders.

Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader

(Manager Mojo – February 2015)

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? In this podcast Steve Caldwell 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.

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