Elizabeth Florent Treacy

Originally from California, Liz has lived and worked in France for over twenty years. Her own research focuses on best practices in leadership development, authentic leadership, and the links between narrative writing and identity work. She also supervises thesis projects in INSEAD’s Executive Master in Change 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 (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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