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 concerned with the development 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.


Disruptive leadership and its discontents

Most leaders passionately defy social norms. But under the cloak of authenticity and disruption, some end up perpetrating cultural assassinations. Building on Freud’s prescient insights in Civilisation and Its Discontents, Gianpiero’s new essay in the Harvard Business Review draws a distinction between counter-social and anti-social leaders. While both might appeal at first, the former expand freedom, the latter take it away.

Portable leaders need to be more personable

Many organisations promise to “transform” talent into leaders. What does it take to keep that promise? What good does it do to people, and the organisations that host them? A column by Andrew Hill in the Financial Times featuring Gianpiero’s latest research.

The article refers to a recent study of managers leading mobile working lives, coauthored with Jennifer Petriglieri and Jack Wood, that recently appeared in the Administrative Science Quarterly. The study is available for free download until the end of October.

The House of Beautiful Business, Lisbon, November 5, 2017

Gianpiero will speak about his work on “humanising leadership” at the House of Beautiful Business in Lisbon, and participate in panels and activities at the gathering. For information, click here.

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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.