Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader

Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader

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• Become more playful with your self-concept, allowing your familiar—and possibly outdated—leadership style to evolve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

Title:Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader
ISBN:9781422184127
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  • Greg

    Few years ago when I started to lead a team of customer service representatives I was determined to be a good leader for my agents. I started preparing myself by doing my own research on how great lea...

  • Klinta

    I really enjoyed this book. Some bits seemed to be expressed too quickly and I wished for the author to slow down and explain a bit more, but overall, I found this to be very useful and really a legit...

  • Ivan Kulis

    What a fantastic book! It combines a simple yet powerful writing, solid academic research and insights from leadership practice.The book targets "leaders in making" and focuses on this *process* of ma...

  • Darren

    What is leadership? What is management? Why do many people mix these terms up? Why are so many so-called leaders or managers stuck in a time warp? The answers to these questions and more besides are w...

  • Michael

    The information provided in this book is high quality. This book may be an incredibly useful book for me and for others when it comes to the information provided. The publisher of the book is Harvard ...

  • Moutasem Awa

    Awesome book. Very helpful in validating your thinking if you're already stepping up into a leadership role, or to set your expectations for the journey to becoming a leader.My favourite part is chapt...

  • Ernie

    I really enjoyed this book. Ibarra's approach is very different from what I have read in the past on how one becomes a leader in an organization. Ibarra finds the that process is what shapes someone i...

  • Sara

    A very practical and inspiring book for everyone who has a passion for leading. I am surprised it is not a NY times best seller as I learned much more from this book compared to many other famous lead...

  • Adrienne Dalaly

    My work team book club picked this as the most recent read. Some good phrases, but nothing ground-breaking in terms of leadership....

  • Julius Schelstraete

    This is a great guide for anyone starting their professional career in business as a young graduate....