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Faculty & Research


Narayan Pant

Professor of Management Practice

The Raoul de Vitry d'Avaucourt Chaired Professor of Leadership Development


Additional Information
Research Areas
  • Psychology of Individual Change
  • Cognitive-Behavioural Approaches To Change
  • Leadership Judgment
  • Leadership Presence
  • Culture
  • Values
  • Strategy and Organization
Teaching Areas
  • Developing Leadership Excellence-judgement. presence, vision and strategy
  • Transforming organizations through transforming oneself
Industry Sectors
  • Information Technology
  • Pharmaceuticals and Health


Narayan works with leaders to improve leadership effectiveness. He directs INSEAD’s senior leadership programme – LEAP: Leadership Excellence through Awareness and Practice. The program focuses on enabling leaders to transform organizations through transforming themselves.

Narayan began his academic career, writing and teaching in Strategy. He taught strategy and policy at New York University's Stern School, and the business faculties of the University of Alberta (Canada) and the National University of Singapore, before joining INSEAD. He published in areas including forecasting, value conflicts, strategic choice, organizational structure and culture, and other strategy related areas. He has also presented papers at academic conferences such as The Academy of Management, The Strategic Management Society and ORSA/TIMS.

Over the last several years, Narayan shifted his focus towards enabling leaders to make the changes they needed (rather than talking about what they should change). He observed that senior leaders commonly knew what they needed to do; the challenges lay in doing what was needed. This led Narayan to develop programs aimed at targeted, identifiable changes in behavior leading to sustained improvement in leadership effectiveness.

Prior to joining INSEAD, Narayan worked as a strategy consultant with the Monitor Group, and continues to consult with his own firm, Clean Slate Consulting. He worked with companies in FMCG, financial services, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, retail and many others. Since joining INSEAD, Narayan has been Associate Dean of Executive Education for Asia, and Dean of Executive Education for all INSEAD.'

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