David Bradford

Dr. Bradford's interests are in the areas of leadership, interpersonal influence, and executive teams.

In all of these, he has focused on the question, "What does it take to achieve high performance?" The results have suggested that, especially in knowledge-based organizations, excellence is most likely when leaders build strong teams where the members' role is significantly expanded so that they share responsibility for the management of the unit (including making the core decisions jointly and holding each other accountable for performance).

His recent work on influence has led to exploring the conditions for a "feedback rich organization" where team members, through a structured process, give each other face-to-face feedback to improve individual and team performance.

David Bradford is the Eugene O'Kelly II Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Leadership. He received his PhD in social psychology from the University of Michigan and taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before coming to Stanford in 1969. His research interests have led to five books, numerous articles, and three training programs on leadership, team performance, and the influence process.

He also has consulted and conducted executive programs to a variety of organizations in the for-profit and not-for-profit sector, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Cisco Systems, Levi Strauss & Co., Roche Pharmaceutical, Raychem, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

In addition, Dr. Bradford has been involved with educational innovation at the college level. He was the founder of The Organizational Behavior Teaching Society and the first editor of their journal. He received the Exemplar of Excellence in Education award from The University of Phoenix.

Dr. Bradford is on the editorial board of The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, The Journal of Management Education, and The Academy of Management Learning and Education.

Herminia Ibarra

Herminia Ibarra is the Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning, Professor of Organizational Behavior, and Area Chair for the Organizational Behavior Department at INSEAD.

She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, where she was a National Science Fellow. 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 and Chair of the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Business School. Thinkers 50 placed Ibarra among the most influential business thinker in the world.

A native of Cuba, Professor Ibarra is an expert on professional and leadership development. Her book Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career (Harvard Business School Press, 2003) documents how people reinvent themselves at work. Her numerous articles on leadership, networking, career development, women's careers and professional identity are published in leading journals including the Harvard Business Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, and Organization Science.

Her research has been profiled in a wide range of media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and The Economist. Professor Ibarra directs The Leadership Transition, an executive program designed for managers moving into broader leadership roles.

She teaches in numerous INSEAD programs and consults internationally on talent management, leadership development, and women’s careers.