"Research has found a positive relationship between leader narcissism and leader emergence"
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 :ab, May 2018
‘The leadership style most frequently found at top management levels is the narcissist.’ Manfred Kets de Vries
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
"Nearly half of adults in the US have reported experiencing a psychiatric disorder at some point in their lives"
Basic understanding and empathy can go a long way in helping toxic leaders recover their best selves.
INSEAD Knowledge, Apr 2018
"Leaders who are comfortable showing vulnerability are often seen as authentic and trustworthy."
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
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
The advertising pitches of many coaches raise false expectations and seem designed to fool the gullible.
INSEAD Knowledge, Mar 2018
One key obstacle for women to be identified and selected for senior roles is "leadership cloning”
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
'Words can give, at times, the illusion of providing a clear meaning'
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
"Does a good coach have to be tough?"
The KDVI Research Lab is happy to announce yet another blog in our series that explores the undercurrents of positive organisational change. This time KDVI Associate Manfred Barth explores whether coaching needs to be tough in order to affect real change.
KDVI Research Lab, Dec 2017
"World Mental Health Day: Mental health issues in the workplace"
KDVI Research Lab, Oct 2017
"What makes wisdom more important than success and riches is that it enables us to live well"
The day after becoming the CEO of a company facing turbulent times, David had a dream. In it, while walking on a beach he discovered a bottle. On opening, a genie appeared offering him a wish in exchange for her freedom. Eschewing riches, fame or a long life, David chose the gift of wisdom.
In today’s hyperactive digital age, attaining wisdom is a challenge. With tablets and phones and their apps constantly vying for our immediate attention, it is increasingly difficult to find the time and mental space for making meaningful connections or engaging in the deep conversations, reflection, emotional awareness and compassion, necessary in the pursuit of wisdom.
INSEAD Knowledge, Jul 2017
"Adversity to develop endurance, courage and character"
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
"Down the rabbit hole of shame"
Shame is part of the human experience. Keeping your feelings of shame in perspective can relieve you of a harmful tendency to self-blame, and, eventually, make peace with your shadow side. Knowing that you are good enough, worthwhile, and deserving of love and acceptance is essential for building resilience and living your most authentic life.
HBR, Jun 2017
With the election of Emmanuel Macron, his relationship with his wife, Brigitte Trogneux, has been thrust into the world media. In this blog, we look at the relationship between professional power pairs, how they differ from other partnerships and their influence in their organizations.
KDVI Research Lab, May 2017
"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
Most people, if they are honest, will admit that they don’t always like meetings. In this two part blog series, we explore what might be going on under the surface in meetings. In Part One, we look at the fact that in meetings, people are not always able to tackle the real challenges the group faces, and may not even be aware that as a group, they are off course. In Part Two, we explore group role identities and how they influence meetings in hidden ways.
KDVI Research Lab, May 2017
"An Early Warning System for Team’s Stress Level"
Inspired by aviation and medical best practices for handling crises, we set out to develop a simple yet robust protocol that could help executives anticipate cases of potential burnout. Rather than being a test, survey, or assessment tool, the Stress-APGAR provides a set of guidelines that help executives think about and articulate factors that may lead to burnout.
HBR, Apr 2017
"Donald Trump’s new American brand is a cautionary tale for all leaders."
INSEAD Knowledge, Apr 2017
“Wealth doesn’t last more than three generations”
This blog looks at how successfully handing on a family business requires mastery not only of the business but also of the self.
Harvard Business Review, Feb 2017
"Leadership lessons from a tumultuous time"
INSEAD Knowledge, Dec 2016