Margarita Mayo

Margarita Mayo is one of IE University´s most influential thought leaders. Professor Margarita Mayo has made a name as an award-winning author and researcher. Her book, Yours Truly: Staying Authentic in Leadership and Life (Bloomsbury), won the Exceptional Book by a Woman award at the 2019 Business Book Awards in London.

Even before that, though, she was the recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship at Harvard University for her research on Leadership, Power and Influence, and the Center of Creative Leadership in the United States recognized her as a promising researcher. Most recently she was named to the prestigious Thinkers 50 Radar, a global ranking of management thinkers. The awards reflect an energetic pace of publication in important journals like Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Organizational Research Methods, Human Resource Management, Leadership Quarterly, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior. She has published, with her students and collaborators, more than 50 scientific articles, and frequently writes and comments for business press such as Forbes, Financial Times, Economic Times, Expansión and Cinco Días.

Ever since her arrival at IE in 2000, Mayo also stands out as one of IE’s stellar professors. Her courses on Organizational Behavior, Leadership Development, Coaching and Teambuilding, Managing People and Leading Change with Purpose are taught across undergraduate and master programs—as well as in-company Executive Education programs– and have earned her the Teaching Excellence Award. She has been a visiting professor at some of the world´s leading business schools, such as the Ivey School of Business and Concordia University in Canada, ESMT in Berlin and Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.

Margarita Mayo holds a PhD in Psychology and Management Science from State University of New York, a Master’s in Psychology from Clark University, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Universidad Autonoma in Madrid.


• PhD in Psychology and Management Science (Organizational Behavior, State University of New York at Buffalo (USA) 1992-1997. Advisor: Dr. James R. Meindl

• Fulbright Scholar in Psychology Applied to Business, Harvard University (USA) 1991 - 1992. Advisor: Dr. Richard Hackman

• Master in Cognitive, Developmental and Social Psychology, Clark University (USA) 1989 - 1991. Advisor: Dr. Sy Wapner

• Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) 1986 - 1989. Valedictorian


• Associate Professor of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour, IE, 2000 - Present

• Visiting Professor of Leadership, ESMT (European School of Management and Technology), Center for Leadership Development Research, Berlin 2016

• Vice-President Institutional Relations, EURAM (European Academy of Management), 2012 - 2014

• Visiting Professor of Leadership and Feedback. School of Management, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, Summer 2010

• Visiting Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior, Lancaster Management School, Lancaster University, United Kingdom 2009

• Director of Best Flexible Company Award, Spanish Ministry of Health and Social Services, 2007 - 2013

• Academic Director of Center for Diversity and Global Leadership, IE Business School, 2002 - 2009

• Director of PERI Chair of Leadership Research, IE Business School, 2006 - 2008

• Director of PhD Program, IE Business School, 2002 - 2004

• Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Richard Ivey School of Business, the University of Western Ontario, Canada 1997 - 2000

• Lecturer, Organizational Behavior, State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, 1994 - 1997


• Dr. Margarita Mayo is an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and has extensive experience in coaching and training on Leadership Development, Change Management and Team Building. She has worked with companies and organizations such as Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, Africa Development Bank, Moving Forward, TotalEnergies, United Nations, World Knowledge Forum, Novartis, McKinsey, Everis, and AT&T among others on issues relating to authentic leadership development, executive coaching and change management in Europe, Asia, Middle East and United States.


• Smulowitz, S., Becerra, M., Mayo, M. (2019). “Racial diversity and its asymmetry within and across hierarchical levels: The effects on financial performance”. Human Relations, Vol. 72 (10): 1671-1696

• Guillen, L., Mayo, M., Karelia, N. (2018). “Appearing self-confident and getting credit for it: Why it may be easier for men than women to gain influence at work”. Human Resource Management, Vol. 57 (4): 839-854

Mayo, M. (2018). “Yours Truly: Staying Authentic in Leadership and Life”. Bloomsbury

Mayo, M. (2017). “If humble people make the best leaders, why do we fall for charismatic narcissists?” Harvard Business Review, Vol. April

Mayo, M., Kakarika, M., Mainemelis, B., Deuschel, N. A. (2017). “Metatheorical Framework of Diversity in Teams”. Human Relations, Vol. 70 (8): 911-939

• Firfiray, S., Mayo, M. (2017). “The Lure of Work-Life Benefit: Perceived Person-Organization Fit as a Mechanism Explaining Job Seeker Attraction to Organizations”. Human Resource Management, Vol. 56 (4): 629-649

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