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About Gianpiero

Gianpiero Petriglieri is Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD and an expert on leadership and learning in the workplace.

His award-winning research and teaching focus on what it means, and what it takes, to become a leader. He is particularly interested in the meaning and practice of leadership in the age of “nomadic professionalism,” an age in which people have deep  bonds to work but loose affiliations to organisations, and authenticity and mobility have replaced loyalty and advancement as hallmarks of virtue and success.

The intent of all of Gianpiero’s work is to humanise leadership, that is, to account for the complexities and contradictions within and between people and organisations, and to help leaders be grounded as well as flexible, sustainable as well as effective, purposeful as well as portable. This work has earned him a spot among the 50 most influential management thinkers in the world.

Building on his research, Gianpiero has refined a unique approach to developing the art of leading. This approach aims to help people and groups clarify their leadership intent, claim it, commit to it, and forge relationships that sustain it. Gianpiero collaborates with multinationals in a variety of industries to bring this approach to life in bespoke leadership development initiatives, usually tied to a broader effort to transform the organisation. Besides numerous INSEAD accolades, these initiatives have received industry-wide awards for excellence and innovation in executive development.

An insightful and engaging speaker, Gianpiero presents widely at management conferences and corporate gatherings on the value of humanising leadership at work and beyond. At INSEAD, he directs the Management Acceleration Programme, the school’s flagship executive programme for emerging leaders, and chairs the initiative for Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence.


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On friendship at work

Gianpiero’s latest essay, in the Sloan Management Review (Spring 2024 issue) is about cultivating friendship at work – and making working lives and workplaces better through it. 
We talk so much, so often, about managers and mentors, families and partners. And we pay much less attention to the immense influence that friends have on our lives and work, on our daily experiences and career trajectories. Yes. Friendship can be complicated in the workplace. And. It can be enriching, empowering, maybe even revolutionary.

Read about how to ground and grow friendship well at work, so that they make us healthier and braver and our workplaces more open and human.

Speaking events

On June 8th Gianpiero will deliver a keynote at the INSEAD alumni reunion in Fontainebleau.

Check out this excerpt of Gianpiero’s recent work on humanising leadership. A radical reframing of leadership as a kind of love, that can help you find, pick, groom, and become a better leader.

If you are interested in booking Gianpiero as a speaker for your management gathering or retreat, check out the speaking page.



The overarching purpose to humanise leadership through transformative learning informs all of Gianpiero’s development work. The courses and workshops he designs and teaches build on the assumptions that (1) leadership is a craft, not a conquest, that (2) we learn to lead through cycles of experience and reflection, and that (3) both our personal history and social context matter in determining if and when we get to lead–and how we do it. Hence learning for leadership always needs to incorporate experience, make room for practice and reflection, involve the whole person, and take their context fully into account. Ultimately, leadership development needs to benefit individuals, their organisations, and society at large.

Gianpiero’s teaching aims to foster transformative learning. It builds upon his research on why humanising leadership matters, and how to do it, as well as on what it takes for organisations, and how it will benefit them. Read more about the courses and workshops that bring his approach to life….


Honors & Awards

In November 2023, Gianpiero was again listed among the 50 most influential management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50. In December 2023, he received the MBA students’ award for best core course teacher by the class of 2023D.

For more recognition of his research, teaching, and public engagement…