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Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader

Written by: Herminia Ibarra
Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
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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  • Become more playful with your self-concept, allowing your familiar - and possibly outdated - leadership style to evolve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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Herminia Ibarra (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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I would have never finished it otherwise

I really liked this Audio Book, it is not a 'business novel' such as "5 Dysfunctions of a team" which was amazing, but it is very good, and honestly, without the Audio format and doing in on the train, it would take me 10x the time to finish the book.
Very insightful, as long as you do not expect to learn a whole new of living, a good book job is to change 1 or 2 things at max but that change should be fundamental!, I really loved the part of authenticity, it helped me immensely!

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  • Regina Haenke
  • 2018-09-24

leadership development

great read lots of ahhh ha moments recommended reading for those in leadership positions or looking to step up.

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  • C. Harley
  • 2016-10-01

Good information, but not as an audio book

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, but I would recommend buying the print book instead or at least as a companion.

What did you like best about this story?

Good information about the practices that will set you up for success. As the title indicates, one must do the things a leader does in order to be a leader.

How could the performance have been better?

It was very hard to assimilate the information as it was narrated and this book has a lot of figures that do not come across well in the narration. I would recommend that the narrator speak more naturally or as if giving a lecture and recognize that some portions are anecdotal and should be delivered as a story. Some details are more important that others and should be emphasized, but not every sentence should be spoken with impactful emphasis. Finally, speak just a little faster and with a more natural cadence.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No. This is a learning book, not a story book.

Any additional comments?

This book has a lot of figures that are referenced in the text. It also has questions and assessments that really do not come through well as an audio book. I enjoyed listening to this book, but really wish that I had purchased the print version as well. This would be much better if the audio was available as a kindle companion.

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  • Angel
  • 2019-05-19

Useful information

Information provided is clear and concise. I like the chapter reviews at the end of chapter which quickly summarized the important points. Narration is a little dry, but overall a good book.

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  • N. Affolter
  • 2018-08-06

Gets you thinking

Good compilation of things to think about regarding what makes up an effective leader. Reads like a compilation of HBR articles, not going deep in any specific topic. This isn't a bad thing though as it encourages the reader to think differently about their thinking and encourages them to take action without telling them exactly what to do.

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  • BC
  • 2020-05-21

Great points to ponder

...but don’t just ponder, get out and do it. Change won’t happen because you read a book or go to a seminar. Leadership comes with doing. Knowledge helps but you need action.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-04-09

Robotic

I think the book was great but the narrator’s voice was robotic and hard to listen to after a short while.

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  • Cpthree
  • 2020-01-22

loved it

read like a motivational speaker. change everything about how I thought about bring a leader.

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  • TAMIM SAIDI
  • 2019-10-01

Refreshing & new

This book offers common sense, practical & proven ways that works - focus on doing actual work on the ground, vs. thinking ...
Enjoyed it & found it pragmatic.

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  • Raymond L Jackson
  • 2019-04-20

Very helpful

The book provided solid theory as well as practical steps toward strengthening leadership skills. I would recommend it.

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  • BabyBush
  • 2019-02-25

Great read!

If you are aspiring to be leader, this book provides practical advise on how to go about it.