This Week’s Title: Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra
Recommended By: Alan Alpert, Smart Office Founder
Favorite Quote: “No one pigeonholes us better than we ourselves do.” – Herminia Ibarra
Why We Love It: There are consistent themes to great leadership. One of which is having the “belief” before you succeed and become that great leader. Belief! This book helps you to define the areas you need to improve to build your belief and ultimately become a better leader.
Book Summary: 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• Become more playful with your self-concept, allowing your familiar—and possibly outdated—leadership style to evolve
About the Author: Herminia Ibarra was previously Professor of Organizational Behaviour at INSEAD, and before that, Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Councils and is a jury member for the Financial Times and McKinsey & Company Best Business Book of the Year Award. She chaired the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Businesses School and is included in the list of the 50 gurus of the world’s most influential businesses. Ibarra is the Charles Handy Visiting Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School and the Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning at INSEAD. At INSEAD, she created and directed the Leadership Transition executive program for managers who wished to pursue roles of broader leadership.
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