CM 029: Herminia Ibarra on Learning to Lead

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Blog Post - Herminia IbarraWe are taught to think before we act. But what happens when we need to act in order for that thinking to make sense?

Herminia Ibarra’s research suggests that is exactly the case when learning to lead. Based on decades of research, teaching, experience, and interviews, her latest book, Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, outlines ways that we can assume larger leadership roles. Her work also confirms that, until we adjust to these new roles and responsibilities, we may feel fake or unlike ourselves. All of that is normal.

Herminia is a Professor of Leadership and Learning at INSEAD and the Founding Director of The Leadership Transition program.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • The small but crucial changes we can take on a daily basis to step up to leadership
  • Ways to redefine our jobs to make more strategic contributions
  • What it means to diversify our networks for learning
  • Ways to inject playfulness into how we see ourselves to ensure growth and change
  • Why it is natural to feel like a fake when we take on new roles and responsibilities
  • How to network within rather than outside of or on top of our jobs
  • The importance of taking action over spending time endlessly reflecting and thinking

Selected Links to Topics Mentioned

@HerminiaIbarra

http://herminiaibarra.com

Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra

Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Rethinking Your Career by Herminia Ibarra

Outsight Principle

Mark Snyder

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

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