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Herminia Ibarra

Professor of Organisational Behaviour

The Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning

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Herminia Ibarra is the Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning, and Professor of Organizational Behavior at INSEAD. Prior to joining INSEAD she served on the Harvard Business School faculty for thirteen years. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Councils, a judge for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, and Chairs the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Business School. Thinkers 50 ranked Ibarra #8 among the most influential business gurus in the world.

Professor Ibarra is an expert on professional and leadership development. Her most recent book, Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader (Harvard Business School Press, 2015), explains how to step up to a bigger leadership role. Her best-selling book, Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career (HBSP, 2003) describes how people reinvent their careers.

Ibarra is the author of numerous articles in the Harvard Business Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, and Organization Science and writes frequently for business media including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and New York Times. She directs Leadership Transition, an executive program designed for managers moving into broader leadership roles and speaks internationally on leadership, talent management, and women’s careers.

A native of Cuba, Ibarra received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, where she was a National Science Fellow.

Research Areas

Career & Professional Development; Identity; Leadership; Gender.


The Leadership Transition (Programme Director); Deutsche Bank Global Women Leaders; Women Leading Change in Global Business (Programme Director); eMBA; Avira; Consulting & Coaching for Change.

Related Executive Education programme

Professor Herminia Ibarra is directing the following programme: The Leadership Transition

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