Cherie Blair: Inventing Herself

Posted: 13 Mar 2012

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Boris Groysberg

Harvard Business School

Robin Abrahams

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Lindsay Tanne

Harvard University

Date Written: October 22, 2010


Cherie Blair was famous, or infamous, in the United Kingdom as first lady from 1997 to 2007. Her marriage to Tony Blair, however, was the result of her own groundbreaking career in law -- a career she fought to keep during the 10 years of her husband's tenure as Prime Minister, even though it meant bringing suit against his government at times. Blair balanced multiple roles and expectations.

Learning Objective: Blair's case gives students a chance to discuss the nature of success. Was Blair successful? Does work-life balance consist of separating work and life, or integrating them? What are the plusses and minuses of each approach?

Suggested Citation

Groysberg, Boris and Abrahams, Robin and Tanne, Lindsay, Cherie Blair: Inventing Herself (October 22, 2010). Harvard Business School Organizational Behavior Unit Case No. 411-021, Available at SSRN:

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Lindsay Tanne

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