In this book, Manfred Kets de Vries offers an overview of his work spanning four decades, a period in which he has established himself as the leading figure in the clinical study of organisational leadership. It examines some major contemporary issues about leadership and asks: What makes a leader? What is good leadership? And what is bad? What happens to organizations if a leader derails? What are the impacts of successful and failed leadership on followers and organizations? How must organizational leadership respond to globalism and the opening of new markets? The author also looks at the way various dysfunctional character types are thrown into sharp focus against an organisational background. Among the heroes and villains in this book are Alexander of Macedon, Shaka Zulu, Richard Branson, Jack Welch—and numerous executives who have spent time, literally or metaphorically, on the author’s famous couch.
At this critical junction in the history of humankind, leaders that are proficient in magical thinking aren’t going to solve our problems. Creating alternative realities is not the answer. We need a very different kind of leadership―leaders who can resist the calls of regression and whose outlook is firmly based in reality. We need leaders who analyse and draw conclusions from, or use their own experiences as a development tool, face their strengths and weaknesses, and critique their own experiences in order to build new understandings.
Published on 30 Nov, 2020
Reflections on Leadership and Career Development is the second of the three books in the Manfred Kets de Vries on the Couch series. This book takes an in-depth look at the way basic psychological processes operate on individual and corporate performance.
Published on 11 Mar, 2009
This book introduces the work of a number of leading scholars interested in the clinical approach to organisational analysis.
Published on 19 Nov, 1991
Struggling with the Demon examines the search for meaning in human activity and highlights the values that foster commitment and involvement and, ultimately, success.
Published on 1 Jan, 2001
An edited volume of essays written by IGLC-INSEAD professors and leadership coaches, on diverse topics relevant to leadership development.
Published on 1 May, 2007
This book explores the way in which character traits and behavioral patterns affect leadership style.
Published on 31 Dec, 1996
Leaders can – at different times – be masters of disguise, seduction, and manipulation – but Kets de Vries explains cogently and convincingly why leaders who don’t first master themselves will never master their organizations effectively or humanely.
Published on 31 Dec, 1999
Reflections on Groups and Organisations is the third and final book in the On the Couch with Manfred Kets de Vries series. This book examines concepts of organisational health, performance, and change.
Published on 18 Jan, 2011
This book is an easy-to-read overview of all the key events and people in Alexander the Great's extraordinary life, and provides lessons on effective leadership.
Published on 13 Oct, 2004
This book presents eclectic advice on how things really work in organisations, by combining the dismal science of management and the impossible profession of psychoanalysis.
Published on 16 Aug, 1995