Professor Herminia Ibarra FBA

Leadership and leadership development in business organisations; the psychology and process of career transition; women’s advancement in business and society; the formation and impact of social networks

Elected 2019

Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year elected

Herminia Ibarra is the Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School. Prior to joining LBS, she served on the INSEAD and Harvard Business School faculties. An authority on leadership and career development, Thinkers 50 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, and the 2018 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. Ibarra also writes regularly  in leading academic journals and business publications including the Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times. Ibarra speaks internationally on leadership and organizational transformation.

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

Current post

The Charles Handy Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School

Past appointments

INSEAD The Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning

2007 - 2017

INSEAD Chaired Professor of Organizational Behavior

2002 - 2007

Harvard University Professor

1998 - 2002

Harvard University Associate Professor

1994 - 1998

Harvard University Assistant Professor

1989 - 1994

Yale School of Management Teaching Fellow

1985 - 1989

Université Libre de Brussels Research Fellow

1984 - 1985

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