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.
Gianpiero’s work explores how and where people develop and sustain the personal foundations and professional abilities to exercise leadership mindfully, effectively and responsibly. His studies highlight the psychological, social and cultural functions of leadership development, and his teaching methods provide an example of how to perform those functions purposefully for the benefit of individuals, organizations and society at large.
His research has appeared in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Learning & Education, and Organization Studies. He also writes regularly for the Harvard Business Review, where his essays have been included among the “ideas that shaped management” for four of the past five years. His work has been featured in a range of media including the BBC, Financial Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and Forbes.
Alongside the Management Acceleration Programme, Gianpiero directs customized leadership development programmes for multinationals in a variety of industries. He teaches in several other INSEAD executive programmes, including The Leadership Transition and Consulting and Coaching for Change. He also consults and speaks widely on how to develop and exercise leadership in fast-changing, uncertain and diverse workplaces.
Gianpiero taught the “Leading People and Groups” core course in the INSEAD MBA for five years, receiving the students’ Outstanding Teacher Award, and now teaches the “Practical Wisdom in Business” course. He has received numerous Dean’s Commendations for Teaching Excellence in MBA and Executive Education over the years. Gianpiero has held Visiting Professor positions at the Harvard Business School, and at Copenhagen Business School. Prior to joining INSEAD, he contributed to executive programs and to the MBA at IMD.
Gianpiero holds a Medical Doctorate and a specialization in Psychiatry from the University of Catania Medical School, Italy, and a diploma in Advanced Organizational Consultation from the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in London. He has practiced as a psychotherapist and often serves on the staff of group relations conferences in Europe and the United States.
For a recent profile of Gianpiero in Work Magazine, click here.