At INSEAD and beyond.

The overarching purpose to humanise leadership informs all of Gianpiero’s efforts to deepen and broaden leadership development. All of his teaching rests on the assumptions that (1) we learn to lead and follow through repeated cycles of experience and reflection, and that (2) 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, and stretch beyond the traditional acquisition of knowledge and skills to involve the whole person.

Gianpiero’s teaching builds upon, and informs, his research on leadership and learning. Here you can read more about why humanising leadership matters, and how to do it. Below are some of the programmes and courses in which it comes to life.

Management Acceleration Programme

Gianpiero is the director of the Management Acceleration Programme, INSEAD’s flagship programme for emerging leaders. The programme brings together functional experts whose success depends on understanding the business as a whole, effective cross-functional interactions, and the ability to influence without formal authority. Participants hail from different sectors and all continents. The programme aims to broaden their business expertise, sharpen their strategic insight, and deepen their leadership development – paying attention to their personal as well as professional development, to their effectiveness as well as their humanity.

You can read a magazine article about the programme philosophy and approach here, watch a video overview of it here, and hear a participant speak about her experience here.

Company Specific Programmes

Gianpiero designs and directs experiential leadership programmes for multinational companies in different sectors. These programmes usually pursue the dual aim of developing individual participants’ awareness and ability to lead and follow in conditions of high uncertainty, and of strengthening a leadership community within the organisation. Their design revolves around helping participants define and pursue what they – and their organisation – need to learn. And what they both might need to unlearn, as well.

You can read a magazine article about one such programmes, in partnership with the World Economic Forum, here.

Executive Workshops

Alongside the longer programmes above, Gianpiero delivers shorter sessions in executive courses and workshops on the themes of responsible leadership, talent development, team effectiveness, and leading change.

MBA – Practical Wisdom in Business

This short course, required for all the INSEAD MBAs, focuses on the nature of leadership and the experience of leading, with a particular focus on the following question: What does it mean to lead responsibly? It examines what leading responsibly has meant historically, and considers how that might change in the context of the globally mobile lives and diverse organizations.

MBA – Leading People and Groups

For five years, Gianpiero taught the Leading People and Group core course in the INSEAD MBA. The course introduced participants to leadership development opportunities at the school, giving them the foundational concepts and skills to take advantage of them.