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.

"Adversity to develop endurance, courage and character"

Developing Leaders Through Adversity

In the perfect storm our world is currently experiencing, we need to develop leaders with character, people who can deal with complex and difficult situations and act as forces for good. Adversity is one way to develop endurance, courage and character. Without it, we do not really know what we are all about, nor do we appreciate the limits of our character.

INSEAD Knowledge, Jun 2017

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"Playing the fool in the workplace"

Why Every Workplace Needs a Fool

Office tricksters tell it like it is and contribute to creative growth.

INSEAD Knowledge, Feb 2017

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"Leadership in the age of rage"

Reflective Leaders Needed in the Age of Rage

When collective emotions gather steam, knee jerk reactions can make a bad situation worse.

INSEAD Knowledge, Aug 2016

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"Leadership in a digital age"

Evolving Leadership in the Digital Age

To become more effective and refective leaders, executives need to learn to improve their behavioural reactions to diffucult situations and develop greater emotional intelligence.

The European Business Review, Jul 2016

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"How to manage brilliant but tumultuous leaders"

Managing Thrill Seekers

Thrill-seeking employees' addiction to risk can create havoc in the workplace. Managed correctly, their fearlessness can be a great advantage to any organisation.

INSEAD Knowledge, Jul 2016

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"Leaders need emotional intelligence to create meaning"

Evolving Leadership in the Digital Age

To have executives change character will always be an uphill struggle but they can learn to improve their behavioural reactions to difficult situations and develop greater emotional intelligence that will turn them into more effective leaders.

INSEAD Knowledge, Apr 2016

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Telling Fairy Tales in the Boardroom

Telling Fairy Tales in the Boardroom

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.

Palgrave Macmillan, Nov 2015

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"HR leaders as catalysts for change"

Lifting Leadership's Game

 Craig Donaldson from Inside HR speaks with Manfred Kets de Vries about the evolution of HR, its role in change and why leaders need to lift their game.

Inside HR, Jul 2015

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"The triumphs and foibles of Alexander the Great"

11 Leadership Lessons from Alexander the Great

This blog entry explores how Alexander the Great shows us some timeless leadership lessons but also some glaring failures.

INSEAD Knowledge, Nov 2014

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"Self awareness and team effectiveness"

First Know Yourself, Then Your Team

This blog explores how, in order to be truly effective, leaders must first understand the unconscious motivations in themselves, followed by those of the people around them.

INSEAD Knowledge, Aug 2014

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"Forgiveness and the art of reconciliation"

Forgiveness as a Business Tools

This blog entry explores the ability to forgive and the art of reconciliation.

INSEAD Knowledge, Jul 2013

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"Forgiveness as a business tool"

The Art of Forgiveness: Differentiating Transformational Leaders

This working paper explores the subject of forgiveness and its importance in the context of leadership.

INSEAD Working Paper, Apr 2013

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"What are the strengths of German managers?"

Was sind die Stärken Deutscher Manager (What are the strengths of German managers?)

Manfred Kets de Vries gives an interview to Germany's Harvard Business Manager, in their special on German Management. 

Harvard Business Manager, Jul 2012

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"Challenges of managing today's employees"

Leadership Today: An Inward Journey Is leadership born or bred?

Professor of Leadership Development Manfred Kets de Vries and Professor of Organisational Behaviour Michael Jarrett comment on the challenges faced when managing employees today.

INSEAD Knowledge, Apr 2012

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"Interview with Manfred Kets de Vries and Frances Hesselbein"

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Leadership Development

Leadership Development

This authoritative volume brings together a critical selection of important academic articles and practitioner-oriented papers that reflect current thinking and practices in the growing field of leadership development.

Edward Elgar, Dec 2011

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"How to groom organisa- tional stars"

Reaching Stardom: How to Identify and Develop Top Performers

This working paper addresses nascent stars: What makes those that turn into butterflies so special? What makes them so successful? What are the qualities that turn them into top performers?

INSEAD Working Paper, Jul 2010

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The Anarchist Within

The Anarchist Within

This book highlights a number of salient aspects of the culture and character of Russia (now the Commonwealth of Independent States) to facilitate an informed understanding of the way Russians deal with organizations and approach leadership style.

 

Aquamarine Books, Jun 2009

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Reflections on Character and Leadership

Reflections on Character and Leadership

In this book, Manfred Kets de Vries offers an overview of his work spanning four decades, a period in which he has established himself as the leading figure in the clinical study of organisational leadership.

Jossey-Bass, Mar 2009

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"A profile of Ruben Vardanian, a leading figure on Russia’s capital markets"

Interview with a Russian Entrepreneur: Ruben Vardanian

This article profiles Ruben Vardanian, one of the leading figures on Russia’s capital markets, and one of the major shareholders of the investment bank Troika Dialog, one of the top credit institutions in Moscow, and an “employers of choice.”

Organizational Dynamics, Jul 2008

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"The Inner Theatre of Vladimir Putin"

Vladimir Putin, CEO of Russia Inc. The Legacy and the Future

This article 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.

Organizational Dynamics, Jul 2008

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Coach and Couch: The Psychology of Making Better Leaders

Coach and Couch: The Psychology of Making Better Leaders

An edited volume of essays written by IGLC-INSEAD professors and leadership coaches, on diverse topics relevant to leadership development.

Palgrave Macmillan, May 2007

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The Leadership Mystique (2nd Edition)

The Leadership Mystique (2nd Edition)

This book unpicks the many layers of complexity that underlie effective leadership, and gets to the heart of the day-to-day behavior of leading people in the human enterprise.

Pearson Education, Aug 2006

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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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"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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