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Herminia Ibarra

#3 HR Most Influential Thinker, #10 World’s Most Influential Business Thinker, The Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School


Today’s breakneck pace of change has an immense impact on leaders—and as a result, on the organizations they run. All too often, people remain stuck in outdated mindsets and modes of operating, even after others recognize the need for change. Leaders need to adapt even when there are no obvious signals guiding their way.

Leadership expert Herminia Ibarra upends traditional, introspective advice and says act first—in order to change your way of thinking. In this session based on her unconventional book, Ibarra, one of the world’s foremost experts on leadership, provides a practical guide on how to change when you also need to lead. Whether you are moving into a new assignment or seeking greater impact in your current post, Ibarra shows how you can step up to leadership by:

redefining your job so that your contributions are less operational and more strategic,

diversifying your network so that you connect to and learn from a bigger range of stakeholders, and,

becoming more playful with your sense of self so that you grow beyond your old (and possibly outdated) leadership styles and preferred ways of contributing.

Defying standard leadership development guidance, which encourages deep self-reflection into strengths and weaknesses, Ibarra shows that the most effective way to change is through action, not analysis, and by learning from experience, not introspection. Based on Ibarra’s flagship executive education program at INSEAD, this session it will teach you to change from the outside in by first acting like a leader and then thinking like one.

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