"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. To gain greater insight into this phenomenon, the unusual relationship between leaders and followers in despotic regimes is explored, and the self-destructive cycle that characterizes such regimes is examined. Suggestions are made on how to prevent despotic leaders from gaining a hold on power. Observations are made about the newly founded International Criminal Court, a permanent international judicial body that has been specially set up to try despotic rulers for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
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"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
"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.
Published on 1 Sep, 2009
"Leadership by terror: Saddam Hussein"
This working paper investigates leadership by terror, a form of leadership that is both an ageless phenomenon and a contemporary problem.
Published on 1 Apr, 2003
"Donald Trump’s new American brand is a cautionary tale for all leaders."
Published on 12 Apr, 2017
"SOB effect on org life"
This article describes the SOB—Seductive Operational Bully—or psychopath “lite”, in organisational settings, who can wreak havoc on organisational life.
Published on 12 Oct, 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
"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
"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
“The most complete revenge is not to imitate the aggressor.”
Identifying with an aggressor is a basic strategy for human survival. It’s time to call it out in the workplace.
Published on 27 Sep, 2017
"The retirement syndrome & challenges of letting go"
This article analyses a problem that can be described as the retirement syndrome. In exploring the difficulties many leaders face in letting go at the end of a full career, reviews a number of the barriers to exit and provides suggestions as to how individuals and organisations can develop more effective and humane disengagement strategies.
Published on 1 Dec, 2003