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Leadership Coaching and the Rescuer Syndrome: How to Manage both Sides of the Couch (2010)

Manfred Kets de Vries, Elisabet Engellau

"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. The indicators of this dysfunctional behaviour pattern are explored, including strategies for dealing with the Rescuer Syndrome. The paper also addresses the constructive rescuer, explaining how a better understanding of this specific behaviour pattern can contribute to greater awareness of the intensity of the rescuer within. The expectation is that this kind of knowledge will increase coaching effectiveness.

INSEAD Working Paper, 2010

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