Welcome to the INSEAD Leadership Initiative

The creation of the INSEAD Leadership Initiative reaffirms the school’s mission to develop “responsible, thoughtful leaders and entrepreneurs who create value for their organisations and their communities”.

As the Business School for the World, INSEAD is able to make a distinctive contribution to the study and practice of leadership by offering a truly global perspective.

The Leadership Initiative brings together members of the INSEAD community working on leadership research and leadership development. The INSEAD Global Leadership Centre is part of the Leadership Initiative. Our ambition is to make INSEAD the world’s top business school in two areas:

  • Leadership research with an international focus, together with the development of innovative materials and tools for both teaching and practice
  • Leadership teaching, encompassing world-class programmes for executives and courses for the school’s uniquely diverse degree participants

To accomplish our goals, we bring together and support:

  • An interdisciplinary cross-section of INSEAD faculty, research staff, doctoral students and programme directors, e.g. via a monthly ‘leadership brown bag’ series
  • Academics from around the world, e.g. via the INSEAD-Wharton Research on Leadership Conference
  • Leaders from business and academia, through our programmes, conferences and events, e.g. the annual Global Leadership Summit
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News & events

INSEAD conference on "Developing leaders: challenges to concept, practice and research"

INSEAD and Unilever announced the establishment of  'The Patrick Cescau/Unilever Endowed Fund for Research in Diversity and Leadership'

Leadership Brown Bag
Monthly Series

What's New

Morten Hansen, Herminia Ibarra and Urs Peyer have created the first global ranking of 200 CEOs based on company performance during their time in office. The Top 50 will be published in the Harvard Business Review of Jan-Feb 2010. The full list is only available on INSEAD knowledge.

Featured video articles

Gianpiero Petriglieri is interviewed by INSEAD Knowledge on leadership development

Herminia Ibarra is interviewed by INSEAD Knowledge on her HBR article 'Women and the 'vision thing''.

Videos from 'IdeasLab with INSEAD' at the World Economic Forum 2009 in Davos. Professors H. Ibarra, M. Kets de Vries and S. Dutta address leadership in the context of the crisis.

Faculty are interviewed by Leadership Initiative on Leadership and the Financial Crisis (14/10/2008)

Professor Herminia Ibarra is interviewed by the FT Online business Education Editor on Leadership. (14/07/08)

Moving up to a Leadership role and Moving out to pastures new