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Learn More About Jennifer Petriglieri
The success of any organization is inextricably tied to the quality of its leadership. In her work identifying and shaping great leaders, Jennifer Petriglieri, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD, takes a humanistic approach, drawing on scientific research and evidence-based methodologies that improve leadership at every level of an organization.
An award-winning researcher, educator, author and behavioral scientist, Petriglieri helps organizations address a wide range of leadership challenges, from crisis management and gender balance issues to helping leaders understand the psychological workings of team members and group dynamics, so they can optimize performance and foster a more innovative culture. From senior executives to “high potentials” being groomed for the C-suite, she improves the effectiveness of leaders by paying close attention to the dynamics around individual life stories and group memberships, leadership styles and how people make decisions.
“Great leaders are people who can really understand what’s happening psychologically on a group level and use that understanding to move the needle,” says Petriglieri. “That means being attentive to human dynamics, not just the hard numbers.”
Petriglieri’s research investigates how individuals craft and sustain their personal and professional identities, especially in situations where uncertainty or “threats” exist. Her approach to helping leaders deal with crisis seeks to build a sense of psychological safety so people can be more productive.
When helping organizations address gender issues, Petriglieri plays a dual role as an advisor to executives interested in creating more inclusive work cultures and to women trying to break through barriers to leadership roles. Her proprietary Systemic Web of Challenges framework shows women how to carve out their goals and successfully advance their careers.
Her focus on the role of women in the workplace and the challenges inherent in dual-career marriages led to the publishing of Petriglieri’s highly praised 2019 book, “Couples That Work: How Dual-Career Couples Can Thrive in Love and Work” (Harvard Business Review Press). Her related presentations and workshops on this topic offer employees at all levels useful insights and tools for successfully integrating their career and personal journeys.
“Most leaders focus on individuals and not the human connections among them,” says Petriglieri. “Humanistic leaders understand and leverage group connections to create a productive work environment made up of employees who are happier at work and after hours.”
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Jennifer Petriglieri is an associate professor of organisational behaviour at INSEAD. She directs the Executive Education Management Acceleration Programme, the Women Leaders Programme and the INSEAD Gender Diversity Programme.
An award-winning researcher and teacher, Petriglieri was shortlisted for the Talent award in 2017 and shortlisted for the Radar New Thinker award in 2015 by Thinkers50, the ranking of the most influential management authors in the world. She was also included among the world’s best 40 business school professors under 40 by Poets & Quants.
Her writing has appeared in the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Learning & Education, and the Journal of Organizational Change Management. It has also been featured in Business Week and Harvard Business Review.
A British citizen, Petriglieri earned a doctorate in organisational behaviour from INSEAD. She also holds an MBA from IMD, Switzerland, and a BSc in genetics from Nottingham University, UK. Prior to joining INSEAD, she was a post-doctoral fellow of organisational behaviour at Harvard Business School. Having lived and worked on three continents, Petriglieri is now settled in France with her husband and two children.
Jennifer 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®.