How can leaders be more trustworthy and foster meaning and commitment in the workplace? Why do some organizations keep people’s loyalty after they are gone, while others struggle to attract mobile talent? How do you nurture a common culture while honouring the voices of a diverse workforce? These are the challenges that Gianpiero’s insights and advice will help you tackle.

He speaks regularly at professional and management conferences, as well as at private corporate events. An energetic, thoughtful, and engaging speaker, Gianpiero builds interaction into every talk, regardless of duration and audience size. He combines cutting edge research with attentive pre-work to deliver deep insights and practical advice most relevant to the challenges and aspirations of each audience.

Recent keynotes have focused on the topics of:

  • Competence is not enough: Leading and learning in the age of nomadic professionalism
  • Humanizing leadership in the digital age
  • What makes (you) a leader?
  • Leading in – and out of – a climate of mistrust
  • Developing trustworthy leaders: the role of HR
  • Attracting and developing leadership talent
  • How to make work more meaningful and leaders more responsible
  • Authenticity in midair
  • Self awareness is a contact sport

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Competence is not enough: Leading and learning in the age of nomadic professionalism

We live in times of great turbulence in business and society at large. We blame bad or absent leadership for our afflictions, and invoke new or better leadership as our only hope. How should we select, develop, and exercise leadership in a world that longs for leaders and mistrusts them at the same time? To answer that question, we must rethink the meaning and practice of leading—and learning—for the contemporary workplace. And we must realise that our obsession with leaders’ competence and effectiveness is insufficient, if not detrimental, to foster trustworthy leadership and meaningful work in our companies and communities.

In this interactive masterclass, you will learn about the differences between the ages of corporate citizenship and nomadic professionalism; the sources of, and potential solutions to, the erosion of meaning and trust in the workplace; the history of successful, but no longer adequate, leadership images and development practices, and; the images and practices that foster the development of trustworthy leadership.

What makes (you) a leader?

This keynote will invite you to explore two related questions, a broader social  and a deeper, more personal one. The first one concerns the nature of leadership—what it is, and how one gets it and loses it. The question of who gets to lead—and who doesn’t—is never settled easily when people keep moving around. Despite copious investment in leadership development, organizations claim to suffer from a shortage of leaders. And those who lead often struggle to connect with potential followers, facing resistance and mistrust. We shall reach below superficial models and tales to address the questions—what makes a leader in our times, what does it mean to lead well, and what does it take for you, in your company, today? You will come out from this interactive session with a deeper understanding of leadership, of your own leadership, and of what you can do to make it most impactful and trustworthy.

Warsaw, May 2017


Dublin, May 2016


Manchester, November 2016