Better Leaders

#16 - Gianpiero Petriglieri on How Important Friends Are for Leaders

Episode Summary

In Episode #16 of Better Leaders - The Podcast, I’m speaking to Gianpiero Petriglieri, INSEAD professor and a world famous expert on leadership and learning in the workplace. We discuss how the quest to become a better leaders is actually the quest to lead a more meaningful, fulfilled life; why and how leaders must be prepared to experience failure; how frustration plus care create the path to leadership; and the importance of friends in the workplace to build resilience.

Episode Notes

About Our Guest

Gianpiero Petriglieri is Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD and an expert on leadership and learning in the workplace. His 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 practice of leadership in the age of “nomadic professionalism,” an age in which people have deep  bonds to work but loose affiliations to organisations, and authenticity and mobility have replaced loyalty and advancement as hallmarks of virtue and success. All his work aspires to humanise leadership in this age, that is, to help leaders be grounded as well as as adaptable, sustainable as well as effective, purposeful as well as portable. That work has earned him a spot among the 50 most influential management thinkers in the world.

A Medical Doctor and Psychiatrist by training, Gianpiero 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 chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on new models of leadership, and has held Visiting Professor positions at the Harvard Business School, and at Copenhagen Business School.

At INSEAD, Gianpiero directs the Management Acceleration Programme, the school’s flagship executive programme for emerging leaders, and chairs the INSEAD initiative for Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence. In the INSEAD MBA, he teaches the core course “Ethics: Value-based leadership for cosmopolitans,” for which he has received the Aspen Institute’s  Ideas worth Teaching award. He taught the “Leading People and Groups” core course for five years, receiving the students’ Outstanding Teacher Award. He has earned numerous Dean’s Commendations for Teaching Excellence in MBA and Executive Education.

Gianpiero collaborates with multinationals in a variety of industries on the design and delivery of leadership development initiatives, some of which have received industry-wide awards for excellence and innovation in executive development. An insightful and engaging speaker, he presents widely at management conferences and corporate gatherings on how to live, lead, and learn “on the move” without losing one’s roots.

His research has appeared in leading academic journals, as well as  a range of media including the BBC, Der Spiegel, Financial Times, The Economist, The Guardian, New York Times, Time, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Le Figaro, and El Pais.

About Your Host: 

Anita Zielina is the CEO and founder of Better Leaders Lab. She's also an Executive in Residence at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, where she spent the last few years leading all continuing and executive education initiatives. Anita serves as the inaugural Board Chair of News Product Alliance (NPA) and is a member of the board of directors at the Austrian Public Broadcaster ORF.

For the past 15 years, Anita held senior executive positions focused on product, strategy and innovation in various media and education organizations as Chief Product Officer, Managing Editor Digital, Editor-in-Chief and Director Strategic Initiatives. She has worked with around 500 managers, leaders and entrepreneurs as a consultant, coach and educator.

She holds a Master in Law from Vienna University and an Executive MBA from INSEAD. Anita is an alumna of the Stanford Knight Journalism Fellowship and the Oxford Reuters Institute Fellowship. 

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