"When mentoring becomes an unhealthy dependency"
This article addresses how the desire to assist others can slide into a 'rescuer syndrome', in which the mentoring relationship becomes fraught with unhealthy dependency.
The National, Abu Dhabi, 2013Read more
"Playing the fool in the workplace"
Published on 3 Feb, 2017
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review explore the manic-depressive leaders, who are great in a crisis, but overestimating their capabilities can try to do more than they can handle.
Published on 20 Mar, 2014
"Narcissistic leaders and organisational sustainability"
This article explores the narcissistic inclinations of leaders and how this could affect the soundness and sustainability of organisations.
Published on 9 Jul, 2013
Good leadership requires self-aware and vulnerable leaders
The coronavirus crisis facilitates the rise of autocratic and narcissistic leaders just when we least need them.
When asked what the post-Covid world might look like, French author Michel Houellebecq said, “The same – only worse.” While the quip is funny on the surface, there is indeed reason for all of us to wonder where the world is headed.
Published on 29 Jul, 2020
"Unhealthy dependencies prevent leaders from reaching their full potential"
In this article for Human Capital Review, Kets de Vries explores the Rescuer Syndrome—where the need to help becomes a self-serving addiction and—which creates an unhealthy state of dependency and prevents leaders from reaching their full potential.
Published on 6 Jun, 2014
"Despotic regimes and dynamics of leadership by terror"
The objective of this article is to better understand the developmental history of despotic regimes and the existence of leadership by terror.
Published on 17 Nov, 2006
"Leadership in a digital age"
To become more effective and refective leaders, executives need to learn to improve their behavioural reactions to diffucult situations and develop greater emotional intelligence.
Published on 24 Jul, 2016
"High-flyers and the fear of success"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review address the fear of success and its consequences.
Published on 4 Mar, 2014
"Identifying and dealing with SOBs"
This working paper explores ways of identifying and dealing with SOBs—Seductive Operational Bully—from an organisational and individual perspective, and recommends a clinical orientation to organisational diagnosis and intervention.
Published on 1 Jul, 2012
This essay addresses the question of what makes for happiness. An attempt is made to deconstruct this elusive concept.
Published on 1 Jun, 2000