The Leadership Core

Enrol by 5pm CET Monday 4 January 2021


Begins 9am CET 11 January 2021


The Leadership Core

Fundamentals for Leading Through Crisis and Beyond

Programme Overview

How can you remain grounded in your intent, open to learning, and available to others in times of strain and change? How do you cultivate integrity, commitment, and outstanding performance? How do you balance delivering quarterly results and developing for the long term? And how can you ensure that your work and private lives enrich rather than deplete each other?  

The Leadership Core will help you tackle these questions and more. Much like a core workout routine helps athletes at any level and in any discipline to train better, sustain less injuries, and perform at their best, the programme will help you gain strength, stability, and flexibility as a leader. It will enhance your capacities to show up as a leader, and to free others up to do the same. 

The programme builds on one central idea. At its core, leadership is always personal yet never just about you. It takes clarity, courage, and commitment. It also requires anchoring your work to a shared purpose and a specific context. Being driven is not enough. A leader’s work must be moving.  

The Leadership Core is for you if you refuse to see leadership as a position at the top of a hierarchy or as a bag of tricks. If you don’t like waiting for favourable circumstances and being told what to do. If you are looking for a more personal, social, and generative—a more human—approach to leadership. Most of all, the programme is for you if you aspire to show up as a leader right now, as you are, where you are, with the people around you, and set yourself up to lead for the long run. 

The value of a strong leadership core is most evident in a crisis. It will hold you and your team together when everything around you seems to be falling apart. However, this programme will also prove valuable if you are not facing an immediate crisis but wondering how to step into a new role; how to increase your visibility and influence in a familiar role; how to break through an impasse in your career, or; how to renew your well-worn way of leading. In all those circumstances, having the space and support to focus on your leadership core will benefit you, and your organisation, greatly. 

Using a combination of conceptual frameworks, practical tools, and opportunities for experimentation, the programme will help you clarify your intent, refine your skills, and put both in the service of a meaningful purpose that brings people together and mobilises them to act. Each day, you will have a chance to immediately apply the course insights and tools to your work and life. You will also gain access to a supportive community that will help keep you grounded and daring. 

In this programme, we recognise that leadership involves people’s whole selves, and that leaders are shapers as much as stewards of their teams and organisations. Therefore, we pay equal attention to the personal and professional facets of your development, and to the work of influencing others effectively as well as to the work of representing them in a trustworthy way. 

The programme forms part of INSEAD’s innovative GO-Live portfolio – a completely new way to learn from the Business School for the World.

Session 1: The Drive to Lead

  • Examine the sources of the drive to lead and of the hesitations that might hold us back
  • Recognise the difference between showing up and showing off as a leader
  • Practice sharing your intent and concerns, and taking others’ into account

Session 2: The Purpose of Leading

  • Prepare for the challenge of bringing a vision of change into proud or anxious cultures
  • Recognise the difference between getting attention and fostering commitment
  • Identify who may trust you as a leader, who may not, why, and what to do about it

Session 3: Overcoming Leader's Block

  • Identify the major constraints to embodying and sustaining your intent
  • Learn how to stop getting stuck in the face of those constraints and truly break free
  • Craft practical experiments to increase your capacity to pursue lasting growth

Session 4: Leading Together

  • Recognise that loneliness is often leaders' experience, but it is not their destiny
  • Discover how to cultivate commitments that help you stay focused and energised
  • Practice having the open conversations that cement supportive relationships

Programme Director

Gianpiero Petriglieri

Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour
Academic Director, Initiative for Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence

Gianpiero Petriglieri is an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD, and an expert on leadership and learning in the workplace. He directs the Management Acceleration Programme, the school’s flagship Executive Education programme for emerging leaders, and is the Academic Director of the INSEAD Initiative for Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence.

Gianpiero's 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 institutions, and authenticity and mobility have replaced loyalty and advancement as hallmarks of virtue and success.

Read Professor Petriglieri's full profile

Dates and Delivery

Reflecting today's busy schedules and INSEAD's global outreach, the programme is delivered over four half days.

Please note, sessions are not interchangeable.

All times shown are in CET Paris time. Enrolment deadline: 5pm CET Monday 4 January 2021.

Session 1: 9am to 12.30pm CET Monday 11 January

Session 2: 9am to 12.30pm CET Tuesday 12 January

Session 3: 9am to 12.30pm CET Wednesday 13 January

Session 4: 9am to 12.30pm CET Thursday 14 January

Practical Information

Recommendations for a successful learning experience:

After enrolment and payment on the Eventbrite platform, what happens next?

You will receive an email from INSEAD the week before the programme starts, providing you with your unique and personal access code and link to enrol on the programme (please monitor your junk folder in case it ends up here). As soon as you receive this email and to avoid complications on the day of the programme, we strongly advise that you click on the link and complete your enrolment straight away.

How can I ensure successful participation?

  • Save the session dates in your calendar for easy reference
  • Start your connection 15 minutes early, so that you have time to adjust the audio
  • For an optimal experience, connect using Google Chrome which is fully compatible with Barco technology. Otherwise you can connect using the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox or Safari if connecting on MAC. Please do not use Internet Explorer
  • Ensure you have a stable broadband internet connection
  • Close all other applications on your computer
  • Connect individually from your computer with a headset and microphone for best audio
  • Keep your webcam open throughout the session
  • Note there is no dial-up connection, nor compatibility with mobile phones 

Who do I contact if I have questions about my enrolment? 

Send an email to [email protected], providing details of the problem.

Enrol and Pay

Get the INSEAD experience wherever you are in the world. Challenging, inspirational and transformative, INSEAD GO-Live delivers tangible and lasting impact from the word go.

The Leadership Core will be delivered over four half days. Visit 'Dates and Delivery' to view the complete set of dates and times.

Click on the link below, enrol and pay, and save the programme in your calendar.

Programme fee: 2,390 Euros

Alumni fee: 1,390 Euros

The programme begins at 9am CET 11 January 2021

Please note that to access INSEAD GO-Live programmes you must use Google Chrome - no other browser will support the platform.

Enrolment deadline: 5pm CET Monday 4 January 2021.

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