Margarita Mayo, PhD

Leader in Leadership Thinking

Margarita Mayo is an award-winning researcher and professor of leadership and organizational behaviour at IE Business School in Madrid. She is a leading expert on how we can find passion and purpose, and become more authentic in leadership and life. She has been recognized as one the world´s 30 most influential management thinkers to watch in 2017 by Thinkers 50 and was shortlisted for the Thinkers 50 Leadership Award, the Oscars of management thinking.

She is the author of Yours Truly: Staying Authentic in Leadership and Life (Bloomsbury, 2018). She is a Fulbright Alumni of Harvard University and has been a visiting professor at some of the world’s leading business schools such as the Ivey School of Business in Canada, ESMT in Berlin and Lancaster University in the UK.

Margarita has presented her original research at international conferences worldwide. Her articles appear in management publications such as Harvard Business Review and Financial Times as well as in top academic journals.

Margarita was educated in Europe and the United States. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Universidad Autonoma in Madrid, magna cum laude with highest honors; an M.A. in Psychology from Clark University; and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the State University of New York at Buffalo (where her thesis on leadership and diversity was a finalist in the Best Dissertation Award in the United States). Outside of work, she practices triathlon and ballroom dancing.

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Margarita is a relaxed and passionate academic whose personal story embodies all the characteristics of authentic leaders she espouses to others. She admired those that were authentic and true to themselves, and did good for others, which inspired her to begin her research to be able to tell their stories.

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