Professor Alyson Meister

Canadian, Australian
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour


Alyson Meister is a Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at IMD.

Having lived and worked in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, Professor Meister specializes in leading diversity and change, managing evolving and boundaryless career trajectories, and supporting organizations to cultivate globally-minded, adaptive, and resilient leaders. She has spent the large part of her career in executive education and leadership development and has engaged with clients across a broad range of industries from mining to not-for-profit.

Professor Meister´s research focuses on how leaders create, sustain, and negotiate their identities with others, both in the digital and physical worlds. Her most recent work explores how women leaders can better navigate ‘invisible’ and paradoxical identity tensions to build their resilience. Her research is regularly presented at international conferences, such as the Academy of Management (AOM), the Latin American and European Organizational Studies (LAEMOS), and the International Association for Conflict Management (IACM). Her work was selected as a finalist for the Best Paper Award in the Academy of Management Review (2014) and has also been published in Leadership Quarterly. She serves on the executive committee of the Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division of the AOM and is a reviewer for several international journals.

Professor Meister holds a PhD in Management (Organizational Behavior) from the University of Melbourne (Melbourne Business School) in Australia. Prior to joining IMD, she was an Assistant Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Additionally, she is certified in several tools for leadership development, such as: Leadership Circle Profile, MBTI, Situational Leadership, facilitating Immunity to Change with Individuals and Groups, and she is a certified professional coach.


Zheng, Wei., Kark, Ronit., & Meister, A., (2018). How women manage the gendered norms of leadership.

Zheng, Wei., Kark, Ronit, & Meister, A., (2018). Paradox versus dilemma mindset: A theory of how women leaders navigate the tensions between agency and communion Leadership Quarterly, 29 (5): 533-622

Meister, Alyson., Sinclair, Amanda., & Jehn, Karen. (2017). Identity under scrutiny: women leader  navigating identity asymmetries at work. Leadership Quarterly. 28(5): 672-690.

Meister, Alyson., Jehn, K.A., & Thatcher, S.M.B. (2014). Feeling misidentified The consequences of internal identity asymmetries for individuals at work. Academy of Management Review, 39(4): 488-512.