Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries

Manfred Kets De Vries is a clinical professor of leadership development and a consultant on organizational design/transformation and strategic human resource management to leading worldwide companies. He holds the Raoul de Vitry d'Avaucourt Chair of Leadership Development at 'Instead', Fontainebleau, France. He has also held professorships at McGill University, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Montreal, and the Harvard Business School, and he has lectured at management institutions around the world. He is the author, co-author, or editor of over 20 books. The Financial Times, Le Capital, Wirtschaftswoche, and The Economist have judged Manfred Kets de Vries one of Europe's leading management thinkers.
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This engaging study of the life of Alexander the Great, the charismatic leader who created an empire that spanned most of the ancient world, provides an in-depth look at the psychodynamics of leadership that will be of use to contemporary leaders in business and politics, and to consulting and training organisations.In the first part of the book, the authors weave the fascinating tale of Alexander's life, whilst highlighting his considerable leadership skills. They then analyse Alexander's personality and behaviour from a clinical perspective to demonstrate the psychological forces that shaped those leadership qualities. They look at the key facets of Alexander's leadership technique in detail, as a practical demonstration of effective leadership, an conclude by cataloguing Alexander's strengths and, just as importantly, his weaknesses for the vital lessons in leadership.This volume provokes both introspection and inspiration in the minds of its readers. It is vital reading for all managers and management consultants, MBA students, and all concerned with effective leadership.'In analysing Alexander's personality and behaviour, this book takes a clinical perspective. It relies on concepts of the developmental psychology, family systems theory, cognitive theory, dynamic psychiatry, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis to understand his behaviour and actions. Exploring themes that highlight psychological dimensions of Alexander's leadership style, these pages draw observations about the lessons of leadership that can be learned from his behaviour.'- From the Introduction
"Manfred Kets de Vries is in a unique and special position toanalyze leadership, human development, behavior, and what it takesto be an outstanding leader. Manfred's book, like all his otherworks, is worth reading several times, preserving it for readingagain and again and to reflect and learn." - B Muthuraman,Managing Director, Tata Steel Ltd.

"At a very practical level [Manfred Kets de vries] has affectedfor the better the lives of probably more leaders-and thereforetheir followers-than anyone else alive. In this book, in anempathic and thoroughly compelling way, he draws on his longcoaching career and deeply personal experiences of his own to throwlight on leadership, the relationship between leaders andfollowers, and the challenges we all must face. If you care aboutthese things (and who does not?). you will not be able to put thisbook down." - John Whitehead, Secretary to the Treasury, NewZealand

"This book is  a real Bible for anyone striving not only tolive with, but to comprehend all the subtleties, ideals, and liferoles of a leader in modern society." - Nicholas Chitov, CEO ofCity Mortgage Bank

"Through the clinical lens which Manfred Kets de Vries so aptlyapplies to business settings, the reader is guaranteed to meethimself, and-who knows-intrigued to go further on the journey ofself-examination." - Philippe Haspeslagh, Dean, Vlerick Leuvengent Management School

"In this important book, [Manfred Kets de Vries] pauses to lookback and review what he has learned over the years. The result isremarkably insightful on several counts; readers will learn much onleadership and career development. they will also better understandthe personal and professional development of a giant amongleadership scholars." - Jean-Francois Manzoni, Professor ofLeadership and Organizational development, IMD

"Through a unique understanding of the 'inner theater,' ManfredKets de Vries provokes leaders to reflect on drivers of theirbehavior and of those around them. This book provides insight o thetools needed to create high performance teams and achieve personalfulfillment throughout a journey in leadership." - Paul Geason,group Managing Director, Telstra

"Whether you are a leader or a follower, after having read thisbook you will be the opposite, or both. And if not, you will atleast understand the neurotic leader, whether it is in your boos,or in yourself. Maybe even in your spouse." - Christian Dreyer,CEO, Hansen Sicherheitstechnik AG, Munich

"This new book is a collection of Manfred's intelligence andwisdom. His concept of constructive narcissism will help a lot ofleaders to understand themselves and others. Manfred is like goodwine, the older the better." - Salem Samhoud, Founder, &Samhoud

"In his latest book, Manfred Kets de Vries successfully combineshis versatility of roles-as an academic entrepreneur,psychoanalyst, consultant, leadership coach, and professor-toproduce an academic classic on leadership from eh perspective ofcareer development." - Vaseehar Hassan, Chairman, UnicornInternational Islamic Bank, Malaysia

Reflections on Character and Leadership is the first of thethree books in the Manfred kets de Vries on the Couchseries.

Here, Kets de Vries looks at entrepreneurship, the pathology ofleadership, and the personality of the leader. The reader willvisit the disturbed inner worlds of leaders like Alexander theGreat, Shaka Zulu and Robert Maxwell, discover how to distinguishbetween a cold fish and a live volcano, and identify impostors,despots, organizational fools and global leaders.

The book highlights the basic principles of the clinicalparadigm—the process of putting organizations and theindividuals who lead them on the psychoanalyst’s couch. Itincludes studies of personality archetypes and the effects theyhave on organizational life and culture—and the effects thatorganizations have on them. Referring frequently to key managementconcepts, Kets de Vries looks not only at what happens when thingsgo wrong, but also at how to create the psychological andorganizational space to make sure that things go right.

About the series:

The series offers an overview of Kets de Vries’s workspanning four decades, a period in which he has established himselfas the leading figure in the clinical study of organizationalleadership.

The books in this series contain a representative selection ofKets de Vries’ writings about leadership from a wide varietyof published sources and cover character and leadership in a globalcontext, career development and leadership in organizations. Theoriginal essays were all written or published between 1976 and2008. Updated where appropriate and revised by the author, theypresent a digest of the work of one of the most influentialmanagement thinkers of the present day.

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