Deepak Bhatt
2 min readOct 30, 2023

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Book Review: "Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader" by Herminia Ibarra

In "Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader," Herminia Ibarra presents a refreshing and pragmatic guide to leadership development. With a focus on practicality and a departure from conventional leadership wisdom, Ibarra challenges the notion that one must first think like a leader before acting like one.

Ibarra’s central premise is that leadership doesn’t come from introspection and contemplation alone but is equally a product of action, experimentation, and adaptation. She emphasizes the importance of stepping out of one’s comfort zone, taking on new roles, and building leadership skills through hands-on experience. Her approach advocates learning by doing.

The book provides a wealth of real-world examples, case studies, and practical exercises that encourage readers to become proactive leaders in their own careers. Ibarra argues that by taking on stretch assignments, embracing change, and cultivating a diverse network, individuals can evolve as leaders and expand their leadership capabilities.

One of the standout qualities of Ibarra's book is its accessibility. It's written in a conversational and relatable style, making it an engaging read for both emerging and experienced leaders. It demystifies the leadership journey and offers clear, actionable advice.

Herminia Ibarra's book is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to enhance their leadership skills and bring about meaningful change in their professional life. It challenges traditional leadership models and encourages readers to recognize that leadership is a dynamic, evolving process. By blending theory with practical application, "Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader" offers a blueprint for personal growth and transformation in the world of leadership.

Overall, "Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader" is a must-read for those who seek to redefine their approach to leadership and wish to navigate the complexities of leadership in a rapidly changing world.

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Deepak Bhatt

Group Senior Vice President, Gujarat at BW Businessworld, Ex. Head, Communication, PR & Digital Marketing IIM Ahmedabad, 🎓 Alumnus IIM Calcutta, Stanford GSB