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Elizabeth Florent Treacy

Senior Lecturer and Thesis Director


Elizabeth Florent Treacy is a Senior Lecturer and Thesis Director on the core faculty team of INSEAD’s Executive Master in Change (EMC) degree programme. Originally from California, Liz has lived and worked in France for over 20 years. Her own research focuses on best practices in leadership development, authentic leadership, and the links between narrative writing and identity work. She supervises thesis projects in the EMC programme, helping participants to carry out projects that combine academic rigour with real-world application.

Liz leads a team of researchers who take a psychodynamic approach to the exploration of leadership in organisations, executive group coaching, and experiential learning in leadership development executive education programmes. The INSEAD Executive Coaching research team develops 360° leadership survey feedback instruments for individuals, teams, and organisations; and creates innovative content and methods for Executive Coaching leadership development modules and programmes. Liz also represents the Executive Coaching research team at top academic and practitioner conferences (Academy of Management; International Leadership Association; Harvard Coaching Conference; European Mentoring and Coaching Conference; and in INSEAD Executive Coaching and the European School of Management and Technology conferences on leadership development and executive coaching, for which she has also served as a conference co-convener).

An accomplished author, Liz has written 25 case studies on leadership or family business topics, six of which have won top awards (from European Case Clearing House and European Foundation for Management Development). She has co-authored or authored dozens of articles, working papers and book chapters. Her articles have been published in top academic journals including Organisational Dynamics, International Journal of Human Resource Management; Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice; and International Coaching Psychology Review. She has co-authored or co-edited six books: the most recent are Tricky Coaching (2011); The Coaching Kaleidoscope (2010); Coach and Couch (2008); and Family Business on the Couch (2007). She is currently working on her latest book: Writing your executive MA thesis: A quick start guide.

Liz also works as an Executive Coach and programme facilitator in the areas of leadership development and family business, and she is trained in individual and group coaching with senior executives (INSEAD Diploma in Clinical Organisational Psychology, magna cum laude.)

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Leadership & Organisations

What Religion Teaches Us About Great Leadership

Elizabeth Florent Treacy

What can guiding figures and best practices in Judaism, Islam and Catholicism tell us about leadership?
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Leadership & Organisations

How Technology Threatens Mental Health – Especially if You’re Inauthentic

P. Korzynski, C. Rook, E. Florent Treacy, M. F. R. Kets de Vries

When the personality you show the world doesn’t match your true self, it can sap the energy you would otherwise need to deal with technostress.


Those Unfulfilled Childhood Dreams? They May Still Be Driving You

Elizabeth Florent Treacy

Summon your inner child before deciding on that new job.

Leadership & Organisations

Coming Out at Work

Elizabeth Florent Treacy

Practitioner research sheds light on how LGBTQ equality in the workplace benefits everyone, and how best to promote it.


The Human Cost of Digital Technologies

Pawel Korzynski, Elizabeth Florent Treacy, Manfred Kets de Vries

As companies race towards digitisation, the expectation that people in organisations need to be permanently on-call is creating very human challenges. How well an individual copes depends on their personality.

Leadership & Organisations

How Is Our Pilot Feeling Today?: A Courageous Conversation That Could Make a Difference

There is an existing quick assessment of psychological risk factors for high performing individuals. We believe it may help prevent tragedies by detecting subtle signs and symptoms of stress among a group of people who are often reluctant to talk about their problems.