Our journey together through the pandemic can lead us down a path of division or a more hopeful path of mutual responsibility, reconciliation and true renewal, ensuring healthier organisations and a better society for our children and future generations.
In his latest book Journeys into Coronavirus Land, Manfred Kets de Vries takes us through his ruminations during confinement, widening his explorations into group phenomenon, leadership and organisational dynamics and economic and environmental crisis. The central question is, how have each of us responded to this adversity and where will this journey lead us, individually and collectively?
At the core of these reflections is that while crisis can unleash a lot of pain and misery, it also provides a rare opportunity to engage in a journey of deep self-reflection that could lead to transformation. Manfred argues that in times of crisis and beyond, we need reflective, values-driven leadership, and courageous individuals who will step up to it. We also need conscious followership: people who take responsibility for their own actions and hold one another accountable. This capacity for individual reflection and change can lead to collective changes in ourselves, our organisations, as well as wider systems. This reset is even more urgent given the fragility of current democratic institutions and ecological threats.
Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries, 2020
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Published on 15 Apr, 2014
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Published on 10 Aug, 2005
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Published on 30 Nov, 2020
In this book, Manfred Kets de Vries offers an overview of his work spanning four decades, a period in which he has established himself as the leading figure in the clinical study of organisational leadership.
Published on 11 Mar, 2009
This book explores the way in which character traits and behavioral patterns affect leadership style.
Published on 31 Dec, 1996
Leaders can – at different times – be masters of disguise, seduction, and manipulation – but Kets de Vries explains cogently and convincingly why leaders who don’t first master themselves will never master their organizations effectively or humanely.
Published on 31 Dec, 1999
This book is an easy-to-read overview of all the key events and people in Alexander the Great's extraordinary life, and provides lessons on effective leadership.
Published on 13 Oct, 2004
"A large chair doesn’t make a king"
Africa is a cautionary example of the need for checks and balances against the abuse of power.
Published on 5 Oct, 2016
"The triumphs and foibles of Alexander the Great"
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Published on 18 Nov, 2014
"Fairy tales explore the boundaries between reality and fantasy and between the animate and inanimate world. When we enter these “other worlds,” there is good possibility that we will return to our own world with a new awareness, and with a new sense of energy, and hope." - Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries