HRMI 2021: Herminia Ibarra, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School

Ibarra is the Charles Handy professor of Organizational Behaviour at London Business School. Prior to joining LBS, she served as Professor on the INSEAD and Harvard Business School faculties.

An authority on leadership, Thinkers50 ranks Ibarra among the top management thinkers in the world. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, a judge for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, one of Apolitica’s 100 most influential people in gender policy, a fellow of the British Academy, and the recipient of the Academy of Management’s Scholar-Practitioner Award for her research’s contribution to management practice.

She is the author of best-selling books, Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader and Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career. Her recent article, “The Leader as Coach,” won the 2019 Warren Bennis Prize for the best leadership article in the Harvard Business Review. Her “Taking Gender into Account: Theory and Design for Women's Leadership Development Programs” won the 2011 prize for most cited article of the decade in Academy of Management Learning and Education.

Ibarra writes regularly in leading academic journals and business publications including the Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times and speaks internationally on leadership and organizational transformation.

She is a member of the London Business School Governing Body. She chaired the Harvard Business School’s Visiting Committee, which reports to Harvard University’s Board of Overseers, and served on the INSEAD Board of Directors.

A native of Cuba, Ibarra received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, where she was a national science fellow.


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Herminia Ibarra was ranked 36th on the list of HR Most Influential Thinkers in 2021.