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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
5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's 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  • Become more playful with your self-concept, allowing your familiar - and possibly outdated - leadership style to evolve

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.

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

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  • C. Harley
  • 01-10-16

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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  • Regina Haenke
  • 24-09-18

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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  • Angel
  • 19-05-19

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
  • 06-08-18

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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  • Cpthree
  • 22-01-20

loved it

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

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  • TAMIM SAIDI
  • 01-10-19

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
  • 20-04-19

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
  • 25-02-19

Great read!

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-19

A better way to think

This book definitely brings to light some new ways of thinking about leader ship. The concepts presented our white on Mark. We need to look at our ability to act as leaders in this light in order to be successful. Some of the concepts presented will definitely be a challenge for me in my career, but I am brace the way the author presents the new way of thinking.

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  • chris
  • 29-08-18

not the best book ive listened 2 so far

very high level - no real compleling stories - more of the same - struggled to get through it

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  • Andrew
  • 15-12-16

truly insightful

This is a very good book for practical advice on leadership but is also well supported by research and case studies.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-01-20

Very inspiring

A very useful book for a new leader. Well written and narrated.
Looking forward to listening through again.

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  • Oleksandr
  • 26-01-20

think like a leader. <br />

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook.
I particularly loved chapter 3 on networking.
it gave me ideas on how to network with people effectively and successfully.

I recommend it for any aspiring leader or current leader to have a read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-07-19

A wonderful look on leadership

I will definitely implement most of the information from the book. The view on emerging as a leader while acting as a leader is quite fascinating!

A recommended reading!

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  • Agne
  • 14-10-18

Great book on understanding how to lead.

Absolutely great story and approach towards stepping to the leadership roles. Like the act like one approach.

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  • Nir Tzur
  • 18-07-18

What got you here won't get you there !

practical advice for managers looking for the next step up to leadership . Listen , inspect and adapt !

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  • Federico
  • 04-06-18

unconventional

extremely interesting and unconventional. requires focus as some concepts can be difficult to grasp straightway. worth it.

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  • arp
  • 09-04-18

useful insights. a bit short 😀

would have been great to get some tips and tricks. still a very decent book.

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  • Moutasem
  • 23-03-18

Awesome book.

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 chapter 4 where it helps you understand your new possible personalities and how to tackle the imposter feelings you get while exploring new parts of yourself. The practical steps and evaluations are also easy to follow and very useful.

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  • MR
  • 03-01-18

poor, unstimulated.

struggled to take much from this and didn't enjoy the delivery or the content. was expecting a lot more!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-19

Great Book

This book changed my way of acting as a leader. I listened to this several times. It covers the challenges I was facing as a transition leader in early stage of my leadership career. Well covered the issues and provided very clear examples.
Loved it!