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.
Different! Coaching across dissimilarities
November 30–December 1, 2012, ESMT Campus, Berlin
The Center for Leadership Development Research at the ESMT European School of Management and Technology and the Kets de Vries Institute run the 4th ESMT/KDVI Coaching Colloquium . Download the call for papers here.
Manfred Kets de Vries is interviewed for Harvard Business Manager's special on Germany Management.
Manfred recently sat down with Shellie Karabell for an INSEAD Knowledge video interview to discuss his latest book, The Hedgehog Effect, and the evolution of leadership development over time.
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
An interview with Manfred Kets de Vries, on the impact of the chief executive's personality on the performance of a company and a clarification on how self-awareness can break the destructive pattern of corporate narcissism, published in US Journal "Strategy and Business" Issue 59, Summer 2010, pages 91-99.
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.