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Leadership Development, Identity Dynamics, Personal and Professional Development and Change
Leadership, Team Dynamics, Personal and Professional Development and Change, Coaching and Group Facilitation Skills
Gianpiero Petriglieri (@gpetriglieri) is Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. He directs the Management Acceleration Programme, the school’s flagship executive programme for emerging leaders, and the INSEAD initiative for Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence.
Gianpiero’s interests bridge the domains of leadership, identity, adult development, and experiential learning. His research explores how and where people develop and sustain the personal foundations and professional abilities to exercise leadership mindfully, effectively and responsibly. He is particularly concerned with the development of leadership in the age of “nomadic professionalism,” in which authenticity and mobility have replaced loyalty and advancement as hallmarks of virtue and success.
In this context, he contends, a narrow focus on the acquisition of new knowledge and skills is inadequate—if not detrimental—to develop competent and trustworthy leaders. His research highlights the psychological, social and cultural functions of management learning and 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.
Gianpiero’ research on the personal foundations of leaders’ development received the GMAC Award for the most significant contribution to graduate management education and the Outstanding Article Award from the Academy of Management Learning & Education journal. His work has been featured in a range of media including the BBC, Financial Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek and Forbes. He writes regularly on the Harvard Business Review. He chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on new models of leadership and was shortlisted for the “Leadership” award by Thinkers50, the ranking of the most influential management thinkers in the world.
Building on his research, Gianpiero has contributed to refining a unique approach to experiential leadership development that aims to deepen and accelerate the development of individual leaders as well as to broaden and strengthen leadership communities within and across organisations. Alongside the Management Acceleration Programme, he directs customized leadership development programmes for multinationals in a variety of industries. He teaches in several other INSEAD executive programmes, 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.
Gianpiero taught the "Leading People and Groups" core course in the INSEAD MBA for five years, receiving the students' Outstanding Teacher Award. He has also received several Dean's Commendations for Teaching Excellence in MBA and Executive Education. Gianpiero has held Visiting Professor positions at the Harvard Business School, and at Copenhagen Business School where he received teaching awards in the MBA and EMBA. Prior to joining INSEAD, he contributed to executive programs and to the MBA at IMD.
Gianpiero 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. He has practiced as a psychotherapist and often serves on the staff of group relations conferences in Europe and the United States.
- The Unwanted Self: Projective Identification in Leaders' Identity Work
- Identity Workspaces for Leadership Development
- Up Close and Personal: Building Foundations for Leaders' Development through the Personalization of Management Learning
- Identity Workspaces: The Case of Business Schools
- Stuck in a Moment: A Developmental Perspective on Impasses
- Transcending Polarization: Beyond Binary Thinking
- Learning for Leadership: The 'Engineering' and 'Clinical' Approaches
- Beyond "Fun and Games": Outdoor Activities for Meaningful Leadership Development
- The Merchandising of Leadership
- The Invisible Revealed: Collusion as an Entry to the Group Unconscious