Being singled out as a “future leader” and placed on the fast-track to the top of an organisation’s food chain does not always work out well for talented individuals, write Jennifer Petriglieri and Gianpiero Petriglieri for Harvard Business Review.
You have been tipped for the top. You are the person your bosses and your colleagues believe is going to go all the way. Life couldn’t be better, right? Wrong.
Jennifer Petriglieri, assistant professor of organisation behaviour for business management school INSEAD, and Gianpiero Petriglieri, a medical doctor, psychiatrist and associate professor for INSEAD, have spent years studying talented individuals or “high potentials” working in different industries across the world. They believe that, for some, “being recognised as talented turns out to be a curse”.