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"Design, development & validation of the PA"

The Development of the Personality Audit: A Psychodynamic Multiple Feedback Assessment Instrument

This article describes the design and psychometric properties of the PA, a 360° feedback instrument designed to assess seven personality dimensions important in human behavior and to determine blind spots.

International Journal of Human Resource Management, May 2006

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"Executive complexes in organisations"

Complex Executives I have Met in Coaching and Consulting

This working paper explores the nature and origin of complexes and then explores five complexes regularly encountered in organizational coaching and consulting work.

INSEAD Working Paper, May 2006

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"What are the challenges of European leaders?"

The Future of European Business Leadership

This article explores the challenges of European leaders.

European Business Forum, Mar 2006

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"A look at a clinically oriented consultation"

Organizations as Optical Illusions: A Clinical Perspective on Organizational Consultation

This article addresses the subject of clinically oriented consultation in the workplace, offering an example of an intervention to illustrate the limitations of more traditional, rational forms of organisational consultation.

Organizational Dynamics, Nov 2005

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The New Russian Business Leaders

The New Russian Business Leaders

This book presents six in-depth case studies focusing on companies of vastly differing sizes, ranging from a newly privatised operation and the creation and organisation of an oligarch's empire, to several entrepreneurial start-ups in different service industries.

Edward Elgar, Sep 2005

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Lessons on Leadership by Terror: Finding a Shaka Zulu in the Attic

Lessons on Leadership by Terror: Finding a Shaka Zulu in the Attic

This book takes us inside the despotic mind to understand what their actions are all about; to comprehend the source of their actions and to recognise the danger signs.

Edward Elgar, Aug 2005

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"Talented leadership in the European Union"

The Future of an Illusion: In search of the new European Business Leader

This article explores the complex network of relationships requires extremely talented leadership in the European Union.

Organizational Dynamics, Aug 2005

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"The eight archetypes of effective leadership"

Leadership Archetypes: An Exposition

In this working paper, it is argued that successful organisations are characterised by a distributive, collective, complementary form of leadership.

INSEAD Working Paper, Jul 2005

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"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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"Effectiveness of group leadership coaching"

Leadership Group Coaching in Action: The Zen of Creating High Performance Teams

This article advocates the effectiveness of group leadership coaching.  A change methodology centered on group coaching  for high-performance teams is proposed.

Academy of Management, Feb 2005

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The Global Executive Leadership Inventory

The Global Executive Leadership Inventory

Designed and authored by Manfred Kets de Vries - the Raoul de Vitry d'Avaucourt Chaired Professor of Leadership Development at INSEAD - The Global Executive Leadership Inventory (GELI) is an in-depth leadership development tool for coaching human resource and training professionals who want to invest in programs that improve individual, team, and organizational performance.

Pfeiffer, Jan 2005

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"The Global Russian- an emerging leadership style"

The New Global Russian Business Leaders: Lessons from a Decade of Transition

This article describes organisation and leadership practices in Russia, and focuses on an emerging an leadership style the authors termed global Russian.

European Management Journal, Dec 2004

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"Differences between Russian and Western leadership practices"

East and West: A dialogue about Leadership with Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries

In this article, a dialogue between East and West seeks to highlight and pinpoint some of the similarities and differences between leadership practices in Russia and Western countries.

Harvard Business Review, Nov 2004

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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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"Design, development & validation of the GELI"

The Global Leadership Life Inventory: development and psychometric properties of a 360-degree feedback instrument

This article describes the design of Global Leadership Life Inventory, a 360° leadership feedback instrument. This instrument is presently used in executive programs to help identify the operational mode of individual executives.

International Journal of Human Resource Management, 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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"Unconscious dynamics and impact on organisational life"

Organizations on the Couch: A Clinical Perspective on Organizational Dynamics

In this article the argument is made that unconscious dynamics have a significant impact on life in organisations.

European Management Journal, Apr 2004

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"A review of leadership coaching"

Coach or Couch, Anybody? The Zen of Creating High-EQ Organizations

This working paper presents a review of leadership coaching, including the different forms of coaching, goals and what makes it work.

INSEAD Working Paper, Mar 2004

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Leaders, Fools, and Impostors

Leaders, Fools, and Impostors

In this book of insightful essays, Kets de Vries explodes the myth that rationality is what governs the behaviour of leaders and followers and provides a more realistic perspective on organisational functioning and the leader-follower relationship.

IUniverse, Aug 2003

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"The birth & growth of an entrepreneurial organisation"

Roustam Tariko: Russian Entrepreneur

This article looks at entrepreneurial leadership and business development on several levels, including an intimate look at the birth and growth of an entrepreneurial organisation.

Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice , Jun 2003

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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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"Leadership by terror: Saddam Hussein"

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

This working paper investigates leadership by terror, a form of leadership that is both an ageless phenomenon and a contemporary problem.

INSEAD Working Paper, Apr 2003

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"Leadership in hybrid firms in India"

Leadership in Indian Organizations: A Comparative Study

This study identifies some of the ways in which the top leadership of hybrid Indian business organisations differs from that of Western business organisations.

International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, Nov 2002

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"Effective vs ineffective global leaders"

Global Leadership from A to Z: Creating High Commitment Organizations

This article explores what leaders have to do to be effective. What roles do they have to play? What distinguishes an effective leader from an ineffective global leader?

Organizational Dynamics, Jun 2002

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"Leadership programmes as catalyst for change"

Can Leaders Change? Yes, But Only If They Want To

This paper describes how people change using as their catalyst an executive leadership programme offered at INSEAD, an international business school in France.

INSEAD Working Paper, Mar 2002

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