Gianpiero Petriglieri

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Expert on Leadership Development and Organizational Behavior in the Age of “Nomadic Professionalism”; Named to Thinkers 50 Most Influential Management Thinkers; Associate Professor, INSEAD

Biography

Gianpiero Petriglieri is an associate professor of organizational behavior 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, Professor Petriglieri has contributed to refining a unique approach to experiential leadership development, aiming to deepen and accelerate the development of individual leaders as well as to broaden and strengthen leadership communities within and across organizations. At INSEAD, he directs the Management Acceleration Program, the school’s flagship executive program for emerging leaders, and chairs INSEAD’s initiative for Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence.

Professor Petriglieri 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.

Professor Petriglieri’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 Professor Petriglieri’s 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 Program, Professor Petriglieri directs customized leadership development programs for multinationals in a variety of industries. He teaches several other INSEAD executive programs, 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.

Professor Petriglieri taught the “Leading People and Groups” core course for 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. He has held Visiting Professor positions at both Harvard Business School and Copenhagen Business School. Prior to joining INSEAD, he contributed to executive programs and to the MBA at IMD.

He 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. Professor Petriglieri has practiced as a psychotherapist and often serves on the staff of group relations conferences in Europe and the United States.

Gianpiero Petriglieri is available for paid speaking engagements, including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, conference talks and advisory/consulting services, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

 

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Biography

Gianpiero Petriglieri is an associate professor of organizational behavior 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, Professor Petriglieri has contributed to refining a unique approach to experiential leadership development, aiming to deepen and accelerate the development of individual leaders as well as to broaden and strengthen leadership communities within and across organizations. At INSEAD, he directs the Management Acceleration Program, the school’s flagship executive program for emerging leaders, and chairs INSEAD’s initiative for Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence.

Professor Petriglieri 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.

Professor Petriglieri’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 Professor Petriglieri’s 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 Program, Professor Petriglieri directs customized leadership development programs for multinationals in a variety of industries. He teaches several other INSEAD executive programs, 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.

Professor Petriglieri taught the “Leading People and Groups” core course for 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. He has held Visiting Professor positions at both Harvard Business School and Copenhagen Business School. Prior to joining INSEAD, he contributed to executive programs and to the MBA at IMD.

He 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. Professor Petriglieri has practiced as a psychotherapist and often serves on the staff of group relations conferences in Europe and the United States.

Gianpiero Petriglieri is available for paid speaking engagements, including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, conference talks and advisory/consulting services, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

 

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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 we 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 realize 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 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 several questions: What makes a leader in our times? What does it mean to lead well? What does it take for you, in your company, today? You will emerge 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.

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