About Us

Founded by Manfred Kets de Vries, one of the world’s foremost thinkers on leadership, the Kets de Vries Institute (KDVI) is the consulting firm of choice for group coaching and top team alignment. We are trusted advisors for creating better organisations through a range of tailor-made coaching, consulting and organisational change services delivered by a global network of highlytrained coaches and consultants. In addition to world class programmes and coaching on leadership and change, we also offer a number of innovative psychometrically validated on-line 360° leadership instruments targeting the global executive. Underpinning our work is a strong research foundation, which focuses on pertinent business challenges and pragmatic action outcomes. Collectively, our solutions adopt a systemic approach to leadership development and effectiveness within organisations.

Our mission is to help create results-driven, sustainable organisations by putting people first—to create best places to work.

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Our Approach

KDVI’s psychodynamic-systemic approach to organisational intervention identifies challenges and issues at the business level, and in addition, draws attention to the deeper sources of energy and motivational forces that give impetus to, or create inertia against, human actions in organisations. In other words, we work with people in a holistic way, within their specific business context.

We are pioneers in the evidence-based, psychodynamic-systemic approach to executive coaching and organisational development. We specialise in the development of leadership soft skills, so that global and virtual teams can implement strategic objectives in highly complex organisational environments. We focus on execution—on getting things done.

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Our Services

KDVI interventions are carried out through a collaborative, emergent process of inquiry and delivery in close partnership with clients. We design interventions that are relevant, challenging, and ultimately sustainable.

Our services include Lectures, Leadership Programmes, Leadership Coaching, Leadership Development Tools and Research.

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KDVI has worked with top management teams and senior leaders from a broad range of industries all over the world. Our clients include AXA, BASF, Cambridge-Judge Business School, Cisco, Goldman Sachs, INSEAD, Mckinsey, Origins Energy, Nokia, Nova Nordisk, Prudential, PWC, SAB Miller, Samsung, Siemens, Unilever, World Economic Forum and many others.

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KDVI was founded by Manfred Kets de Vries and Elisabet Engellau to meet the needs of contemporary executives and organisations as they face the challenges of leadership. The team also consists of highly trained and carefully selected associates & affiliates who design and deliver various KDVI interventions. Many have worked as COOs or CEOs in a wide range of national and global organisations; others are faculty in leading business schools. KDVI's permanent leadership team provides high-touch and on-going support before, during and after our programmes.

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