Effective Leadership

Effective leaders typically enact two roles, a charismatic role and an architectural role. Our research focuses on the challenges successful leaders face in contemporary organisations and highlights that, to succeed in a leadership role, the capacity to self reflect is essential.

"Profile of Vladimir Putin"

Vladimir Putin, CEO of Russia Inc.

This paper compares Russian President Vladimir Putin to effective business executives, studying his performance through the same lenses used to assess CEOs of large corporations, and reviewing the degree to which his various constituencies are satisfied with his performance.

INSEAD Working Paper, May 2005

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"Psychological profile of successful CEOs"

Putting Leaders on the Couch: A conversation with Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries

In this interview, Kets de Vries draws on three decades of study to describe the psychological profile of successful CEOs, exploring senior executives' vulnerabilities, which are often intensified by followers' attempts to manipulate their leaders.

Harvard Business Review, Nov 2004

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Are Leaders Born or Are They Made: The Case of Alexander the Great

Are Leaders Born or Are They Made: The Case of Alexander the Great

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.

Karnac Books, Oct 2004

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"Leadership lessons from Alexander the Great"

Doing an Alexander: Lessons on Leadership by a Master Conqueror

This article explores what makes for effective leadership and what contributes to leadership derailment, using Alexander the Great of Macedonia, as an example.

European Management Journal, Jun 2003

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Prisoners of Leadership

Prisoners of Leadership

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.
 

Wiley, Dec 1999

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The New Global Leaders: : Richard Branson, Percy Barnevik, David Simon and the Remaking of International Business

The New Global Leaders: : Richard Branson, Percy Barnevik, David Simon and the Remaking of International Business

This book takes readers into the private worlds of Virgin founder Richard Branson, ABB's Percy Barnevik and British Petroleum titan David Simon to provide candid accounts of how each has managed to redefine organizational growth and development in the late 20th century.

Jossey-Bass, Mar 1999

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De Uitdaging van het Leiderschap

De Uitdaging van het Leiderschap

This book explores the way in which character traits and behavioral patterns affect leadership style.

Management Briefing, Dec 1996

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