Research

When is it appropriate to share decision-making power as a leader?

A Leadership Paradox - How leaders can gain more influence by letting go of some decision power

Leaders shape their organisation through the decisions they take; it is one of the main expressions of their power. In fact, it can be seen as their main role. In this blog, Christopher explores how leaders can overcome the binary top-down/bottom-up perspective to leadership and decision-making.

KDVI Research Lab, Dec 2018

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Down the Rabbit Hole of Leadership: Leadership Pathology in Everyday Life

Down the Rabbit Hole of Leadership: Leadership Pathology in Everyday Life

In the previous book in this series, Manfred Kets de Vries observed the experiences of leaders on a rollercoaster ride through their professional and personal lives. Now, he follows them down the rabbit hole into the unknown, where, like Lewis Carroll’s Alice, they find a dystopian Wonderland in which everyone seems to have gone mad and life functions according to its own crazy logic, throwing up all kinds of obstacles in the search for truth.

Palgrave MacMillan, Nov 2018

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Stubbornness isn’t necessarily bad and can in fact be a virtue

The Fine Line Between Stubbornness and Stupidity

Although stubborness can makes us persevere and seem strong, it is important to realise what the driving forces behind this stubborness are. Remember, the pathway to greatness is the ability to change one’s mind when proven wrong.

INSEAD Knowledge, Oct 2018

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. How can we learn to manage our disappointments effectively?

Dealing with Disappointment

The way we handle disappointment is related to our developmental history. How can we learn to manage our disappointments effectively and use them to our advantage? 

HBR, Sep 2018

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“Knowing is the easy part; saying it out loud is the hard part.”

How to Coach a CEO

Successful coaching involves working with – not against – an individual’s resistance.

INSEAD Knowledge, Aug 2018

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A "think narcissist, think male" blind spot may prevent coaches from looking for narcissism as a possible explanation for behaviour in women leaders.

Coaching the Narcissistic Woman Leader

Following on from his first blog, 'Can a Woman Leader be a Narcissist', Paul's second blog explores specific approaches towards coaching female leaders with narcissistic tendencies. The blog provides insights for Executive and Leadership Development Professionals to customise leadership development to the individual strengths and weaknesses of women in the talent pool. 

KDVI Research Lab, Aug 2018

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“Think narcissist, think female!”

Can a woman leader be a narcissist?

"Think narcissist, think male"? A further addition to our narcissism blog series, this blog shows that women leaders, too, can be narcissistic. Yet it's a different kind of narcissism with different implications for leadership development. Three types of narcissistic women leaders - the Super Woman, the Perfectionist and the Lenient Leader - are examined.

KDVI Research Lab, Jul 2018

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“The shadow side of the desire to help is that it can cause a void at a very stressful or demanding time when transparent communication is essential.”

Helping you to help me

Those defined by the Helper’s Syndrome are committed to show extreme loyalty to supporting others. Admirable? Maybe. This blog makes the case that they may be better off rationing their compulsion or risk short-changing others and themselves and ultimately not help anyone. As we shall see: it depends. 

KDVI Research Lab, Jul 2018

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"The key to successfully making your early experience and natural talents work in your favour at work is awareness."

How Early Life Experiences Could Play For and Against Us in the Executive Boardroom

Early life experiences accompany us all the way to the executive boardroom. This blog explores how childhood family dynamics can have a direct influence on executives' work experience, including: preference for certain way of working in a team; relationship with peers and authority; approach to stakeholder management; and performance. 

KDVI Research Lab, Jun 2018

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“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”

Once you have it all, what's next?

Where to look for answers to the existential questions many of us grapple with.

INSEAD Knowledge, Jun 2018

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"Through coaching, a deeper interpersonal awareness will develop within executives with narcissistic tendencies, which can reduce their tendency to see the world in black and white."

Coaching the Narcissistic Executive

In this last blog in our KDVI Blog Series on Narcissism, we explore how organisations can manage the downsides of employing narcissistic executives. In particular, we turn our attention to coaching as a means for getting the best out of narcissistic executives. 

KDVI Research Lab, Jun 2018

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"As we debate the nature of narcissism, we find ourselves in the midst of related and unrelated definitions used in different clinical concepts in psychiatry and psychoanalysis."

Narcissism, what is it and what do we do about it?

In the third blog in our KDVI Blog Series on Narcissism, we explore the clinical connotations of narcissism. Its origins, definitions in psychiatry and psychoanalysis, and implications for coaching individuals with narcissistic tendencies are explored.

KDVI Research Lab, Jun 2018

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"Research has found a positive relationship between leader narcissism and leader emergence"

Embrace the narcissist within you!

The second blog in our KDVI Research Lab series, exploring the phenomenon of leadership and narcissism, looks at the advantages and disadvantages of narcissistic behaviour.

KDVI Research Lab, May 2018

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‘The leadership style most frequently found at top management levels is the narcissist.’ Manfred Kets de Vries

A Human Resources taboo: The Narcissistic Senior Executive

Is healthy narcissism actually an essential part of leadership? When does it become destructive? And how can organisations get the best out of narcissistic leaders, while addressing the destructive elements of their leadership style? The KDVI Research LAB will be sharing a series of blogs over the next couple of weeks to explore the phenomenon of leadership and narcissism. Today, we are sharing the first blog in the series, which explores why narcissistic leaders are indeed a HR taboo.

KDVI Research Lab, May 2018

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“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.”

Are you addicted to power?

The design of firms fosters power intoxication in their leaders.

INSEAD Knowledge, Apr 2018

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"Nearly half of adults in the US have reported experiencing a psychiatric disorder at some point in their lives"

The Four Types of Dysfunctional Executives and How to Handle Them

Basic understanding and empathy can go a long way in helping toxic leaders recover their best selves.

INSEAD Knowledge, Apr 2018

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THE MALAY LEADERSHIP MYSTIQUE

THE MALAY LEADERSHIP MYSTIQUE

In his book entitled “The Malay Leadership Mystique” (inspired by his mentor Manfred Kets de Vries' 2006 book, “The Leadership Mystique”), Dr Vaseehar Hassan explores why, despite their success in Government and the professions, Malays have underperformed as business leaders in comparison to other ethnic groups in Malaysia. Vaseehar’s study demonstrates the importance of cross-cultural, psychodynamic considerations in understanding and addressing the adaptive challenges faced by Malays in the business arena.

 

As a Senior Associate of KDVI, Vaseehar focuses on top team alignment and organisational development, as well as executive coaching.

August Publishing Sdn Bhd, Mar 2018

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"Leaders who are comfortable showing vulnerability are often seen as authentic and trustworthy."

Vulnerability as the key to transition from youngness to gravitas

Several successful leaders seem to have this thing called ‘gravitas’. Leaders with gravitas are experienced as having dignity, poise, and are seen as mature and possibly even wise. For those people who seem to be effortlessly successful, but at some point, begin to wonder if the construct they have built for themselves will hold, this blog explores how to develop maturity and wisdom. Indeed, the blog uncovers that key to developing gravitas is vulnerability and therein lays the challenge to leave the demanding ego behind and to become more comfortable with showing vulnerability but ultimately becoming an authentic leader.

KDVI Research Lab, Mar 2018

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“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”

Beyond Coaching Psychobabble: Let the Buyer Beware

The advertising pitches of many coaches raise false expectations and seem designed to fool the gullible.

INSEAD Knowledge, Mar 2018

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One key obstacle for women to be identified and selected for senior roles is "leadership cloning”

Too feminine or not feminine enough? How to leverage your difference as a woman leader

Authenticity - which comes down to leveraging difference - is the key to career success as a woman leader. But women often find themselves in a double-bind - needing to fit the prevailing leadership prototype in order to be successful while at the same time needing to stay authentic. How do you get out of this double bind? Wait for organisations to change their leadership development and come up with a truly gender-neutral system? This is likely to make you miss the boat. The solution is rather in finding a way to become successful in the existing system. This blog explains how a psychodynamic approach to leadership development can help female leaders to be authentic.

KDVI Research Lab, Feb 2018

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Dictators and how to disable them

Fighting Against Dictatorship

This article explores how dictators gain and maintain power through a number of social processes and psychological dynamics.

INSEAD Knowledge, Jan 2018

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'Words can give, at times, the illusion of providing a clear meaning'

Dialogue is not what you think!

The KDVI Research Lab is happy to announce another blog in our series that explores the undercurrents of positive organisational change. This time KDVI Associate Christopher Bockmann explores how the gap between what is intended, expressed and understood can be reduced.

KDVI Research Lab, Jan 2018

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The White Raven, or the King Who No Longer Knew Himself

The White Raven, or the King Who No Longer Knew Himself

"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

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"Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering" - Winnie-the-Pooh

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Mid-life crisis

 

"Midway along the journey of our life, I woke to find myself in a dark wood, for I had wandered off from the straight path. How hard it is to tell what it was like, this wood of wilderness, savage and stubborn (the thought of it brings back all my old fears)" - Dante Alighieri

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