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Entering the Inner Theatre of a Despot: The Rise and Fall of Saddam Hussein (2003)

Manfred Kets de Vries

"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. It attempts to enter the despotic mind and understand how the despot functions. It also highlights the peculiar psychological interplay between despotic leaders and their followers and explores the collusive group dynamics between leaders and led.

INSEAD Working Paper, 2003

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