In addition to looking at the qualities of effective leadership, we also address the darker or shadow sides of leadership. Our research explores why leaders derail, interpersonal issues and unhealthy dynamics between leaders and followers as well as key traps leaders fall into.
"Advice for dealing with narcissists"
Managing a narcissistic leader is not easy. Why would they ask for help, when they think that they are better than anybody else? How can they learn from mistakes if they can’t admit that they’ve ever made one? This article provides some advise for managers who have to deal with such leaders.
HBR, May 2017
"Donald Trump’s new American brand is a cautionary tale for all leaders."
INSEAD Knowledge, Apr 2017
We know where we are with a fairy story. There is a cast of predictable characters, the hero or heroine is submitted to terrible trials, cruelty, and injustice but in the end the baddies get their comeuppance, good triumphs, and everyone lives happily ever after. In this book Manfred Kets de Vries, one of the world's leading authorities on the psychology of leadership, and a pioneering practitioner in the field of psychodynamic executive coaching, draws on the format of traditional fairy tales and tells us five stories that dramatize five key themes of dysfunctional leadership. Now available in Korean 리더는어떻게평면표지, Doublebook, Seoul, Republic of Korea, March 2017.
Doublebook, Seoul, Republic of Korea, Mar 2017
"Leadership lessons from a tumultuous time"
INSEAD Knowledge, Dec 2016
"Ways to Manage Difficult Bosses"
This article explores the options available to anyone who has to manage a bad boss. Much of it will feel like common sense. But people often forget that it’s in their power to improve bad situations, so having the options systematically laid out can be very helpful.
HBR, Dec 2016
"When drive and commitment are too much"
INSEAD Knowledge, Mar 2016
"The pathology of CEO psychopaths"
The percentage of psychopaths amongst CEOs is as high as the risk they represent for the company they are working for. INSEAD Distinguished Professor of Leadership Development and Organisational Change Manfred Kets de Vries’ research talks to Heiner Thorborg of Der Spiegel on the topic. – In German
Der Speigel, Apr 2015
"Learning to manage in the gray zone"
INSEAD Knowledge, Apr 2015
"Managing those who won't see the middle ground"
This blog entry for the Harvard Business Review explores how one can manage leaders who see things in black and white, unable to accept a middle ground.
Harvard Business Review, Mar 2015
"Fairy tales for today’s executives"
This working paper looks at how fairy tales—when applied to the realm of executive leadership—act as a shortcut to moral lessons, illustrating the dangers of leadership and various ways in which executives can derail.
INSEAD Working Paper, Mar 2015
"SOB effect on org life"
This article describes the SOB—Seductive Operational Bully—or psychopath “lite”, in organisational settings, who can wreak havoc on organisational life.
Organizational Dynamics, Oct 2014
"Unhealthy dependencies prevent leaders from reaching their full potential"
In this article for Human Capital Review, Kets de Vries explores the Rescuer Syndrome—where the need to help becomes a self-serving addiction and—which creates an unhealthy state of dependency and prevents leaders from reaching their full potential.
Human Capital Review, Jun 2014
"Complexity of the mental models of the leaders"
This blog entry discusses the underlying cause of the gap between the complexity of the mental model of the leader and the complexity of the world surrounding him/her.
Simon Sijbrands, Mar 2014