Articles

"Business schools and a holistic approach to education"

Finding balance in business education

To create responsible leaders of the future, business schools need to adopt a more holistic approach to education. To what degree are business educators helping to transform individuals and improve and influence business practice?

Education Post, 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, 2016

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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, 2015

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"Group coaching second to none to have executives sing on the same page"

Vision without action is a hallucination: Group coaching and strategy implementation

This article illustrates how group coaching can be a methodology second to none, to have executives sing on the same page—and accelerate execution. It is an intervention methodology increasingly utilised by premier strategic consulting firms.

Organizational Dynamics, 2015

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'Advantages of small group coaching"

How small group coaching can accelerate leadership development

This article describes the benefits of small group coaching in leadership development.

EFMD Global Focus: Volume 09 Issue 01, 2015

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"Applying a psycho- dynamic lens to org studies"

Sociology of Leadership in Organizations

A chapter in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition on using a psychpdynamic lens to the study of organisational phenomenon.

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2015

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"Unhealthy dependencies prevent leaders from reaching their full potential"

Mentor or Martyr? Beware the Rescuer Trap

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, 2014

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"Effectiveness of psycho- dynamic group coaching"

Psychodynamic Group Executive Coaching: A Literature Review

This article reports on the effectiveness of psychodynamic group coaching intervention technique practiced at a global business school.

International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, 2014

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"Slacking off is a great way to nurture our imagination"

The Art of Doing Nothing

In our current 24/7 society, introspection and reflection have become lost arts. Instead, we are at risk of becoming victims of information and work overload. In this article, the authors argue that slacking off—or a conscious effort to do nothing—is a great way to induce states of mind that nurture our imagination.

European Financial Reivew, 2014

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"Conundrums coaches face in their practice"

The Group Coaching Conundrum

This article sheds light on the challenges facing coaches when undertaking the journey to becoming a group coach.

International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, 2014

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"SOB effect on org life"

The Psycho-path to Disaster: Coping with SOB Executives

This article describes the SOB—Seductive Operational Bully—or psychopath “lite”, in organisational settings, who can wreak havoc on organisational life.

Organizational Dynamics, 2014

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"Leaders and the art of forgiveness"

Forgiveness Makes a Good Business Tool

The knee-jerk reaction of too many people in leadership positions when they feel wronged is righteous indignation and the urge for revenge. But one factor that sets truly transformational leaders apart from the run-of-the-mill is the ability to forgive - to let feelings of anger, resentment and blame fall away and become something constructive. This article looks at how forgiveness can make for a good business tool.

The National, Abu Dhabi, 2013

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"When mentoring becomes an unhealthy dependency"

Need for Reflection When a Helping Hand in the Workplace Goes Too Far

This article addresses how the desire to assist others can slide into a 'rescuer syndrome', in which the mentoring relationship becomes fraught with unhealthy dependency.

The National, Abu Dhabi, 2013

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"The transformative power of executive coaching"

Know Thyself!

An interview with Manfred Kets de Vries about the transformative power of executive coaching.

OrganisationsEntwicklung, 2013

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"Psycho- dynamic issues in leadership studies"

Psychodynamic Issues in Organizational Leadership

This chapter reviews psychodynamic issues in leadership theory, leadership in organisations, and leadership development.

Wiley, 2013

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"C-suite suicide trend"

C-suite Suicides: When Exec Life Becomes a Nightmare

Swisscom's CEO and Zurich's CFO recently took their own lives. This Fortune Management article quotes Manfred Kets de Vries on this recent trend.

Fortune, 2013

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"Narcissistic leaders and organisational sustainability"

Ethics in Business—Where is the education for narcissistic leaders?

This article explores the narcissistic inclinations of leaders and how this could affect the soundness and sustainability of organisations.

InvestVine, 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, 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, 2012

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"Self authoring to take control of our destiny"

The Power of Group Coaching in Developing the Self-Authoring Leader

This article addresses how in order to take control of our destiny and to create alternative destinations some of us may need an external intervention, one of which is the technique of self authoring.

Integral Leadership Review, 2012

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"What does success mean to senior executives?"

The Many Colors of Success: What do Executives Want out of Life?

This article is based on the responses of 160 senior executives to questions of what success means to them.

Organizational Dynamics, 2010

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"What happens in the transitional space during coaching?"

Something from nothing : the use of transitional space and how group coaching changes people

Book chapter in The Coaching Kaleidoscope: Insights from the Inside Palgrave Macmillan, p. 71-85.

Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

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"Development, design and validation of the LAQ"

Development and Application of the Leadership Archetype Questionnaire

This article describes the development, design and validation of the Leadership Archetype Questionnaire (LAQ™), a 360° survey instrument designed to help organisational leaders to identify their leadership style in teams.

International Journal of Human Resource Management, 2010

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"Abnormal is the norm in organisations"

The Shadow Side of Leadership

This article describes a number of dysfunctional leadership prototypes found in organisations. Offered as a useful form of shorthand for identification purposes, it helps us understand how we can deal with this dysfunction in ourselves or our leaders.

Human Capital Review, 2009

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"A look at Russian history and capitalism"

Russia: A Work in Progress Transcending the Fifth "Time of Troubles"

This article reflects on the history of Russia, focusing on the country's late-20th and early-21st-century development as the Russian Federation.

Organizational Dynamics, 2008

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