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How can leaders be trustworthy and foster commitment in the ever-changing 21st century workplace? How can we honor our organization’s history and traditions while working to transform it? How do you nurture a common culture while reaping the benefits of a diverse workforce? These are the challenges Gianpiero Petriglieri’s insights and advice help you tackle.

An award-winning leadership expert and professor at INSEAD, Petriglieri is an insightful and engaging speaker with a unique perspective on what it means, and what it takes, to become and remain a leader. A medical doctor and psychiatrist by training, his research highlights the psychological, social and cultural functions of leadership development, and his teaching methods provide a model of how to perform those functions purposefully for the benefit of individuals, organizations and society at large. Ultimately, his work helps organizations keep the promise of learning and make the most of leadership development investments so people can prepare for the new world of work while cultivating timeless leadership virtues. His keynotes and workshops help leaders better understand how changes in workforce mobility make new ways of leading and learning necessary—and allow them to reconcile commitment with flexibility.

Petriglieri’s research documents the rise and consequences of “nomadic professionalism,” a workplace culture in which authenticity and mobility have replaced loyalty and advancement as hallmarks of virtue and success. In this culture, the promise of learning is more potent than the promise of loyalty for many employees. Organizations that fail to keep this promise struggle to attract talent, while those that do are able to sustain people’s loyalty even after they leave. And the more that mobility renders careers and organizations fluid, the more timeless virtues like trustworthiness matter.

Building on his experience studying and working with companies around the world, Petriglieri has refined an inimitable approach to leadership development that aims to accelerate the development of individual leaders and strengthen leadership communities within and across organizations. At INSEAD, he directs the Management Acceleration Programme, the school’s flagship executive program for emerging leaders, and chairs the Initiative for Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence. He also designs and directs customized leadership development programs for multinationals in a variety of industries, some of which have received industry-wide awards. He has chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on new models of leadership, and has been recognized twice by Thinkers50 as one of the 50 most influential management thinkers in the world. In 2021, he was shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Coaching and Mentoring Award.

Petriglieri’s research appears in top academic journals and is featured in a range of media including the BBC, Financial Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He writes regularly for Harvard Business Review, where his essays have been included among the “ideas that shaped management.”

Gianpiero Petriglieri is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Gianpiero Petriglieri was last modified: August 8th, 2022 by Meg Virag

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Competence is Not Enough: Leading and Learning in the Age of Nomadic Professionalism

We live in times of great turbulence in business and society at large. We blame bad or absent leadership for our afflictions, and we invoke new or better leadership as our only hope. How should we select, develop and exercise leadership in a world that longs for leaders and mistrusts them at the same time? To answer that question, we must rethink the meaning and practice of leading—and learning—for the contemporary workplace. And we must realize our obsession with leaders’ competence and effectiveness is insufficient, if not detrimental, to foster trustworthy leadership and meaningful work in fast-changing companies and communities. In this interactive masterclass by leadership expert Gianpiero Petriglieri, audiences will learn about the differences between the ages of corporate citizenship and nomadic professionalism; the sources of, and potential solutions to, the erosion of meaning and trust in the workplace; the history of successful but no longer adequate leadership images and development practices; and the practices that foster the development of trustworthy leadership.

A Reminder to Leaders in the Age of Digital Transformation: Be Human

Digital transformation is ongoing in just about every organization, across all industries. But Gianpiero Petriglieri reminds leaders that digital doesn’t mean not human. While executives often focus on technology, the rise of mobility and diversity is equally important. This trio of trends make the role of leaders in transformation ever more important – it doesn’t stop with strategy. In this presentation, Petriglieri asserts that there is an art to leading transformation in general, and to leaders’ function as cultural conductors, in particular. For intent to turn into inspiration, and strategy into performance, leaders must not only articulate – they must embody a new vision and bring a culture of transformation to life. Attendees will walk away with the motivation and the actionable insights for how to do this in daily work.

How to be an Exceptional Leader?

The question of who gets to lead—and who doesn’t—is never settled easily when people keep moving around. Despite copious investment in leadership development, organizations claim to suffer from a shortage of leaders. And those who lead often struggle to connect with followers, facing resistance and mistrust. This is the new reality of what Gianpiero Petriglieri calls “nomadic professionalism,” an age of workforce mobility and relentless organizational change. Organizations as well as managers need to ask themselves some basic questions: What makes a leader in our time? What does it mean to lead well? What does it take for you, in your company, today? In this presentation, Petriglieri provides insights that seek to answer these questions on both the organizational and personal levels. Audiences will emerge from this interactive session with a deeper understanding of leadership, and what they can do to make their own leadership most impactful and trustworthy.

Future of Work: Learning is the New Currency of Loyalty and Trust

How can organizations ensure the loyalty of their employees in an era of mobility and rapid change? When it is increasingly easy for skilled professionals to change companies and careers and move across the globe, organizations must think deeply about how to cultivate the loyalty they could take for granted in earlier eras. The key, says Gianpiero Petriglieri, is to invest heavily in lifelong learning. It is not enough to set up a few courses and learning initiatives to keep the promise of learning, however. Organizations must put learning at the center of people’s daily work. This reinvention challenges our obsession with performance, but when accomplished, it can deliver increased motivation and innovation as well as enduring loyalty. Drawing on his research and expertise on leadership and learning, Petriglieri elaborates on how learning is the new currency of loyalty in a mobile global economy, and offers concrete steps organizations can take to build the structures of ongoing development that will attract and retain top talent, even as they embrace dynamic transformation.

Humanizing Work: How Organizations Can Strike a Balance

In the era of mass mobility, which Gianpiero Petriglieri calls “nomadic professionalism,” highly skilled individuals are more apt to see themselves as independent. It is easier than ever to move across borders and industries, and employees prefer careers in which the boundaries between the personal and the professional blur. They long to chart their own path, rather than climb the company ladder, following orders and assignments in lockstep. This trend poses an acute dilemma for firms and other organizations: as artificial intelligence takes over more quantitative work, human creativity is becoming a more important asset. And yet, the hierarchical structure of a corporation tends to stifle creativity. How do organizations reconcile the need for order and structure with the need to recruit and retain creative people? In this presentation, Petriglieri offers new perspectives and frameworks for making work more human and allowing for greater individual flourishing, while ensuring that individuals forge close bonds with the organization itself. As technology and mobility continue to shape the future of work, striking this balance will be key for leaders in every industry.

All Alone, Now: Lessons from the Gig Economy for Corporate Leaders

Independent work is the fastest growing sector of the economy in many developed countries, and it affects organizations in profound ways: not only because companies are more likely to integrate a contingent workforce alongside full-time employees, but also because independence becomes a cultural ideal of success for the workforce as a whole. How does the idealization of independence and freedom affect the way we lead, manage and work? In this talk, Gianpiero Petriglieri draws upon a decade of research on mobile managers and independent workers in the gig economy to describe what happens when we pursue authenticity and freedom rather than loyalty and advancement at work. Work becomes more precarious and personal at the same time. Management matters less and the work itself matters more. An independent working life, however, does not mean it is solitary: it requires deep connections if we are to be successful and feel fulfilled in it. This talk describes those connections and how leaders can foster them to inspire and orient an independent workforce.

Learning for a Living

December 10, 2019