About Me

Gianpiero Petriglieri is Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD.

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 was recently named one of the 50 most influential management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50.


How to develop more and better leaders

Companies invest heavily in leadership development, and yet continue to suffer from a shortage of leaders. In this new HR Magazine article, Gianpiero argues that if we want more and better leaders, we must retire some of the images and practices that have informed leadership development for decades—like the arduous and lonely climb—and have done more harm than good.

Building on his work on humanizing leadership, Gianpiero explores three principles that organizations can put into practice: Free people up to lead; develop leadership communities, and; make leadership personal.

Thriving when work gets precarious and personal

We are all independent workers now, whether we know it or not. In an interview with INSEAD Knowledge on his latest research, Gianpiero discusses the rise of independent work and its implications for individual working lives and corporate cultures.

The interview is based on an extensive academic study of independent knowledge and creative workers, co-authored with Sue Ashford and Amy Wrzesniewski, available for free download at the Administrative Science Quarterly.


HR Leadership Summit, Dublin, October 26, 2018

Gianpiero will be a keynote speaker at the IBEC HR Leadership Summit in Croke Park Stadium, Dublin, October 25, 2018. For further information, and to sign up, click here.

He will also be on stage at the:

House of Beautiful Business, Lisbon, November 3-8, 2018

10th Global Peter Drucker Forum, Vienna, November 29-30, 2018


Get on the Management Acceleration Programme

If you have worked as a high-performing functional expert for a few years, and are ready to move forward in your career, then the INSEAD Management Acceleration Programme is for you. The programme will help you to expand your business expertise, strengthen your knowledge and skill sets, and help you to take that next step purposefully and with grace.

The Management Acceleration Programme will provide you with perspectives and skills to work effectively across functions and cultures. It will reinforce your ability to both lead and follow in today’s constantly changing, high-pressure and volatile business world. And it will connect you to a diverse worldwide community of emerging leaders.

To learn more, and to apply, visit the Management Acceleration Programme website.

Honors & Awards

For research, teaching, and public engagement.