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. His work in this domain has earned him a spot among the 50 most influential management thinkers in the world.
Gianpiero regards leadership and learning as crafts. Building on his research, he has refined a unique approach to experiential leadership development. That approach aims to deepen and accelerate the development of individual leaders as well as to broaden and strengthen communities of leaders within and across organisations. At INSEAD, he 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.
Gianpiero’s work examines how and where people develop and sustain the personal foundations and professional abilities to lead mindfully, effectively, and responsibly. His studies highlight the psychological and social 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 leading academic journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Discoveries, Academy Management of Learning & Education, Organization Studies, 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, Quartz, 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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