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Gianpiero Petriglieri

Expert on leadership and learning in the workplace, notably leadership in the age of “nomadic professionalism”, and broadening and strengthening leadership communities.


01. ranked thinker

Ranked in 2021.

Previous positions: #37 (2019), #47 (2017).



Shortlisted for the Thinkers50 2015 Leadership Award. 


Travels about two months a year, geographically. And at least once a day, psychologically.


Petriglieri’s award-winning research and teaching focus on what it means, and what it takes, to become a leader. His work bridges the domains of leadership, adult development and experiential learning. He has trained particular focus on leadership and learning in the age of “nomadic professionalism,” in which people have deep bonds to work but loose affiliations to organizations, and authenticity and mobility are more important than loyalty and climbing the career ladder. 




A medical doctor and psychiatrist by training, Petriglieri has worked as an executive coach, practiced as a psychotherapist, and served on the staff of group relations conferences in Europe and the United States. He has held visiting professor positions at Harvard and Copenhagen business schools, and is associate professor of organizational behaviour at INSEAD, where he directs the Management Acceleration Programme for emerging leaders, and chairs the initiative for Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence. 


Petriglieri’s research has appeared in leading academic journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Learning & Education, and Organization Studies, and has been featured in a range of media including the BBC, Financial Times, The Economist, Businessweek, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe.




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Petriglieri’s ideas on new models of leadership have played a key role in the evolution of management thinking.

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50