The CEO Whisperer: Meditations on Leadership, Life, and Change (2020)

Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

The CEO Whisperer: Meditations on Leadership, Life, and Change

In this very personal and entertaining book, Manfred Kets de Vries, one of the “gurus” in the field of leadership studies, offers his thoughts on leadership and life, reflections written for executives and the people who deal with them.


As a psychoanalyst and leadership professor let loose in the world of renowned global organisations―as a passionate educator and scholar, or just a human being at the receiving end of heart-rending emails―he examines the pitfalls of leadership and the challenges for the professionals who work with senior executives in today’s AI-focused world.


He points out why leaders can derail, and what steps they can take to prevent this from happening. Ultimately, this book encourages you to “Know yourself,” but makes no bones about the challenge it represents.


Understanding our “inner theatre” will always be an uphill struggle. Kets de Vries points out why deep dives into our inner world are always fraught with many anxieties. Included in the many subjects covered by the author are the loneliness of command, the management of disappointment, the destructive role of greed, the impact of stubbornness, the role of storytelling, the importance of wellness, and the role of corporate culture. In addition, the book addresses the important topic of how to create great teams and best places to work.


Furthermore, the book touches on endings– the ending of our career and the growing realisation of the inevitable ending of our life. As time grows short, Kets de Vries emphasises that we have no time to lose in dealing with our anxieties, regrets, and the things we spend much of our life determined not to see. Taking a deep dive into self-knowledge requires courage and support, and he is here to guide you through it. 

The Palgrave Kets de Vries Library, 2020


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