"Abnormal is the norm in organisations"
This article describes a number of dysfunctional leadership prototypes found in organisations. Offered as a useful form of shorthand for identification purposes, it helps us understand how we can deal with this dysfunction in ourselves or our leaders. The author argues that such abnormal behaviour is more normal than most are prepared to admit.
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"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
"The uses of humour in the workplace"
This blog looks at the sources of humor and to distunguish between humour that is congenial and empathetic and humour that is dysfunctional and divisive.
Published on 2 Jun, 2015
"What should you consider when taking an entre-preneur on board?"
This article addresses what you should look out for if you are considering taking an entrepreneur on board, working for one, or encouraging new ventures.
Published on 1 Nov, 1985
"What are the underlying dynamics of succession?"
This article explores the underlying dynamics of succession.
Published on 1 Jan, 1988
"Donald Trump’s new American brand is a cautionary tale for all leaders."
Published on 12 Apr, 2017
"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
"Design, development & validation of the PA"
This article describes the design and psychometric properties of the PA, a 360° feedback instrument designed to assess seven personality dimensions important in human behavior and to determine blind spots.
Published on 17 May, 2006
"Rescuer syndrome and excessive helping behavior"
In this article the author explores the problem of excessive helping behavior—The Rescuer Syndrome—with particular reference to executive coaching.
Published on 9 Dec, 2010
"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.
Published on 14 Nov, 2013
"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