About Gianpiero

Gianpiero Petriglieri is Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEADand 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 development and exercise of leadership in the age of “nomadic professionalism,” in which people have deep  bonds to work but loose affiliations to organizations, and authenticity and mobility have replaced loyalty and advancement as hallmarks of virtue and success.

Building on his research, Gianpiero has contributed to refining a unique approach to experiential leadership development that aims to deepen and accelerate the development of individual leaders as well as to broaden and strengthen leadership communities within and across organisations. 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.

Gianpiero has chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on new models of leadership, and is listed among the 50 most influential management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50.


In a crisis, holding matters more than vision

Ask people what makes a great leader in theory, and they will often point a lofty vision. But ask them about a leader that they trusted and felt good following in reality, and they will point to something else. A sense of being reassured and challenged at once, a strong connection that that made them feel free. They will point to a leader who holds. In a new essay in the Harvard Business Review, Gianpiero explores what “holding” is, how to provide it, and why it matters more than vision in a crisis.

Working and loving in COVID-19 confinement

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, millions have had to adjust to working from home. Following columns on panic-working and on Zoom fatigue, Gianpiero’s suggestions for being more focused and productive in a time of great anxiety, and for overcoming the malaise of constant video calls, has been featured in a number of media. Here are some thoughtful pieces about the future of work in People Management magazine and INSEAD Knowledge, about teaching and learning online in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and about working, loving, and socializing on Zoom in VoxGoopthe BBC, the Atlantic, and INC.

Global Peter Drucker Forum, Vienna, November 20-22, 2019

Gianpiero will speak on tapping the human potential in ecosystems at the 2019 Global Peter Drucker Forum.



The overarching purpose to humanise leadership informs all of Gianpiero’s leadership development work. The courses and workshops he designs and teaches build on the assumptions that (1) we learn to lead and follow through cycles of experience and reflection, and that (2) both our personal history and social context matter in determining if and when we get to lead–and how. Hence learning for leadership always needs to incorporate experience, make room for reflection, involve the whole person, and take their context fully into account. Ultimately, it needs to benefit individuals, their organisations, and society at large.

Gianpiero’s teaching builds upon his research on leadership and learning, which examines why humanising leadership matters, and how to do it, as well as 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

For research, teaching, and public engagement.