Alyson Meister

Alyson Meister

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

Having lived and worked in both 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 engages with clients across a broad range of industries from mining and engineering through to professional services and technology.

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). 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 Human Relations, Journal of Management Studies, Leadership Quarterly and She serves on the executive committee of the Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division of the AOM and is on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Review.

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 at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Additionally, she is certified in several tools for leadership development and is a certified coach. She can be found on Twitter at: @alymeister.

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Alyson Meister's Publications
Why hidden agendas are stopping you from sticking with your goals
The seven steps to being a better ally that all leaders can take right now
Diversity & Inclusion: a case of targets, quotas or freewheeling?