A company can have all the advantages in the world...
...strong financial resources, enviable market position, state-of-the-art technology...
...but if its leadership fails, all these advantages melt away.
Anyone wanting to create or lead an effective organization needs to understand...
...the dynamics of leadership, teams, and organizational culture.
Our mission is to create results-driven, sustainable organizations by putting people first—to create best places to work.
Manfred Kets de Vries' ongoing blog series with the Harvard Business Review, addressing the pathology of leaders and the darker side of leadership.
- Executives Must Face their own Mortality
- When it's Time to Let Go
- Are you too Afraid to Succeed?
- The Dark Side of Retirement
- Helping the Passive-Aggressive Executive
- Is Your Boss a Psychopath?
- The Eight Archetypes of Leadership
- The Case for Slacking Off
- Leaders Who Can’t Forgive
- The Dangers of Codependent Mentoring
The Colloquium continues to serve as an opportunity for academics, practicing leadership coaches, Human Resources and Learning and Development professionals, and management consultants to enhance their knowledge, skills, and networks through intensive collaboration and peer-consultation on challenging or unusual cases in the practice of leadership coaching.
What happens when a leader does not use his position of authority wisely, and when he turns bad? One of the difficulties to CEOs is getting the right team around team, to have functional relations with subordinates who dare to give criticisms when an idea is not good.
Manfred Kets de Vries is interviewed for Harvard Business Manager's special on Germany Management.
On October 14, 2011 in the presence of the President of Slovenia, Mr. Danilo Türk, Manfred Kets de Vries received a Doctor Honoris Causa title from the IEDC Bled School of Management
On Friday 10th September Manfred Kets de Vries was honoured by the Dutch Psychoanalytic Institute in Holland where he was presented with the Freud Memorial Award.
The Thinkers 50 rated Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries as one of the 50 most influential business thinkers of 2009. The Thinkers is a bi-annual ranking of the world's foremost business thinkers.
The International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO) unanimously voted Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries to become a Distinguished Member.
This is a rare honour, so far only conferred to three other members: Harry Levinson, Harold Bridger and Gordon Lawrence.
International Leadership Association honors Manfred Kets de Vries with the International Leadership Association Lifetime Achievement Award in Los Angeles, during the ILA annual conference.
The Leadership Archetype Questionnaire (LAQ) is based on the belief that an individualistic notion of leadership is inadequate, given the increased complexity of the work environment. Although the "Great Man or Woman" theories still linger, most scholars of leadership now recognize that successful organizations are characterized by a distributive, collective, complementary form of leadership.
To further explore this form of leadership, eight leadership archetypes have been defined:
These archetypes are representations of ways of leading in the complex organizational environment. They are prototypes that provide us with models for understanding leadership behavior. By completing the LAQ leaders should be able to identity their own leadership archetype characteristics.
Clinical research revealed that although individuals may "drift" toward one particular archetype, it is more common for a person to possess the characteristics of a number of archetypes; "hybrids" are the rule rather that the exception. It is important to keep in mind that each of these leadership archetypes will prove more or less effective depending on the organizational situation; therefor the ideal executive team should include people with diverse dominant leadership archetype characteristics. An executive team in which multiple leadership archetypes are represented should be able to cover all the leadership needs that are requires, whatever the context.
This abbreviated version of the LAQ only calculates results based on your personal observations. The LAQ is most effective and informative with peers, supervisors and subordinates also fill in the questionnaire with their observations, thus providing you with a more complete assessment of your leadership characteristics. For the full 360° version of the LAQ, click here.
The Kets de Vries Institute (KDVI) counsels individual CEOs and top executive teams, using a psychodynamic approach to leadership coaching.
Founded by Manfred Kets de Vries, one of the world’s foremost thinkers on leadership, KDVI shares his expertise through a range of tailor-made leadership coaching, consulting, and organizational change services delivered by a global network of leadership coaches and consultants. We work with national, international, and global organizations all over the world. Our clients include leaders in banking, telecommunications, healthcare, media, transportation, manufacturing, and strategic consulting.
Our mission is to help create results driven, sustainable organizations by putting people first—to create best places to work.