Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader



Book Title: Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader
Author: Herminia Ibarra
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
List Price: $32.00
Format: Hard Cover,256 pages
Publication Date: 2023
ISBN: 978-1-64782-554-6
Reviewer: Jose A. Sanchez
Review Date: Oct-Nov, 2023



Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader provides a comprehensive guide to navigating the path toward effective leadership and career advancement. The author underscores a crucial insight: to achieve success as a leader, it’s essential to embrace the paradigm shift of redefining your role. Recognizing this transformative step is key to ascending the professional ladder and cultivating the skills necessary for impactful leadership.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Chapter 1 – The “Outsight” Principle: How to Act and Think Like a Leader
Chapter 2 – Redefine Your Job
Chapter 3 – Network Across and Out
Chapter 4 – Be More Playful with Your Self
Chapter 5 – Manage the Stepping-Up Process


The book begins with the author helping reader to understand if you want to be become a leader you will need to recognize that you need to think like a leader and adventure outside your current comfort zone (outsight principle). Once this recognition takes root, the author provides practical insights on how readers can systematically redefine their roles. Additionally, the book offers valuable strategies to help readers avoid common pitfalls such as competency traps, ensuring a well-rounded and proactive approach to leadership development.

Highlights: What I liked!

Chapter 3, “Network Across and Out,” resonated with me, highlighting the significance of a step I hadn’t fully recognized before. I tend to immerse myself in the day-to-day challenges within my specific domain, inadvertently neglecting connections outside of it. This chapter served as an eye-opener, offering practical steps to actively broaden my network. It made me to realize the importance of engaging with individuals beyond my immediate sphere, ultimately enhancing my ability to connect and collaborate effectively.


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How to cite this review: Sanchez, J. A. (2023).  Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, book review, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue XII, December. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/pmwj136-Dec2023-Sanchez-Act-Like-a-Leader-Book-Review.pdf

About the Reviewer

Jose A. Sanchez

Little Elm, TX, USA


Jose Sanchez has an extensive and diverse background in Operations, Program and Project Management, Scrum Master Leadership, and Technology. With over 18 years of experience, he has developed a strong skill set in managing and leading teams in various industries, including IT, Telecommunications, Data Centers, and Financial services.

Jose Sanchez has acquired expertise in strategic planning, project execution, and team leadership. He is well-versed in agile methodologies such as Scrum, which is commonly used in the technology industry for managing and delivering projects in an iterative and collaborative manner.

Jose Sanchez holds an Engineering Degree (BSEE) from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an MBA from the University of Dallas.

Email address: jose.a.sanchezo@gmail.com

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