Gianpiero Petriglieri is Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD and 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 practice of leadership in the age of “nomadic professionalism,” an age 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. All his work aspires to humanise leadership in this age, that is, to help leaders be grounded as well as as adaptable, sustainable as well as effective, purposeful as well as portable. That work has earned him a spot among the 50 most influential management thinkers in the world.
Gianpiero regards leadership as a craft and, at its best, a genuine art form–because it involves using one’s energy, intellect, passion, skills, and tools to bring a unique intent to life and share it with the world. Building on his research, he has refined a unique approach to learning the artistry of leading. That approach aims to help individuals and groups clarify their leadership intent, claim it, commit to it, and forge relationships that sustain it. At INSEAD, Gianpiero directs the Management Acceleration Programme, the school’s flagship executive programme for emerging leaders, and chairs the INSEAD initiative for Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence.
Gianpiero collaborates with multinationals in a variety of industries on the design and delivery of leadership development initiatives, some of which have received industry-wide awards for excellence and innovation in executive development. An insightful and engaging speaker, he presents widely at management conferences and corporate gatherings on how to live, lead, and learn “on the move” without losing one’s roots.
His research has appeared in leading academic journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Discoveries, Academy Management of Learning & Education, Organization Studies, Human Relations, and Organisation Theory. He also writes essays regularly for the Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review. His work has been featured in a range of media including the BBC, Der Spiegel, Financial Times, The Economist, The Guardian, New York Times, Time, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Le Figaro, and El Pais.
In the INSEAD MBA, Gianpiero teaches the core course “Ethics: Value-based leadership for cosmopolitans,” for which he has received the Aspen Institute’s “Ideas worth Teaching“ award. He taught the “Leading People and Groups” core course for five years, receiving the students’ Outstanding Teacher Award. He has earned numerous Dean’s Commendations for Teaching Excellence in MBA and Executive Education.
A Medical Doctor and Psychiatrist by training, Gianpiero has worked as an executive coach, practiced as a psychotherapist, and served on the staff of group relations conferences in Europe and the United States. He has chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on new models of leadership, and has held Visiting Professor positions at the Harvard Business School, and at Copenhagen Business School.
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