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


When a colleague is grieving

We ask people to bring their “whole selves” to work, and advocate for building more humane workplaces. But when it comes to death, one of the most universal human experiences, we often still fall silent and avert our gaze. In this new Harvard Business Review article, co-authored with Sally Maitlis, Gianpiero offers some advice for dealing more openly with grief at work. They argue that doing so is not just the compassionate thing to do. It will allow managers, paradoxically, to make work more meaningful and the workplace more vital.

Loving your job in the age of burnout

“There is some pain that needs a solution, and some pain that needs a story.” Gianpiero spoke to Quartz about managing the freedom and anxiety that come with nomadic professionalism, a way of life in which passion for what we do can easily turn into suffering at work. … Read the full article by Cassie Werber in Quartz

Sky “The Future is Now” event, London, June 27, 2019

Gianpiero will lead a masterclass on “How to be a trusted leader” at the Sky “Future is Now” 2019 gathering.



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.