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Reflections on Leadership and Career Development: On the Couch with Manfred Kets de Vries
Manfred Kets de Vries

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Format: Hardcover, 280pp.
ISBN: 9780470742464
Publisher: Wiley
Pub. Date: February 2, 2010

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Reflections on Leadership and Career Development is the second of the three books in the Manfred kets de Vries on the Couch series.

Here, kets de Vries takes an in-depth look at the way basic psychological processes operate on individual and corporate performance and analyses these in the context of case studies of leaders and organizations, including a lengthy study of Vladimir Putin, as “CEO of Russia, Inc.”. The third part of the book examines the career life cycle and how executives cope (or fail to cope) with rites de passage like succession and retirement.

The chapters in this book take different perspectives on the intimate connection between individuals’ personality or “inner theatre” and the organizational context in which they work, – how different personality types, in positions of leadership or as members of management teams, affect the functioning and success of organizations.

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Manfred was honoured in November 2009 in Los Angeles at the International Leadership Association's 10th conference when he and six others were inducted into the Leadership Legacy Project of the ILA and given Lifetime Achievement Awards. (Manfred was also the first non-American recipient of the International Leadership Award for “his contributions to the classroom and the board room” by the ILA back in November 2005). This is the first time that this very prestigious organization has honoured "founding professionals in the development of leadership as a field and as a discipline."

This was a huge honour for Manfred, Bernard Bass & Joseph Rost (posthumously), Warren Bennis, James MacGregor Burns, and Frances Hesselbein --a truly stellar group of leadership pioneers. The presentation ceremony of the International Leadership Association Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday 13th November was before a packed amphi. Laurent Lapierre, his old student and Professor of Leadership at HEC, Montreal, gave a very fitting and unusual introduction and personal tribute to Manfred's lifework, touching on his many accomplishments in the field of leadership. During the conference and various gala dinners Manfred sat beside Frances Hesselbein and met Warren Bennis.

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About this book
Part 1: The Origins of Leadership
1Narcissism and Leadership
2 Why Follow the Leader?
3The Dance of Leaders and Followers
4Listening with the Third Ear
Part 2: Leadership and Personality
5Vladimir Putin, CEO of Russia, Inc.: The Legacy and the Future
6'Complex' Executives I have 'Met' in Coaching and Consulting
7Leadership Archetypes: A New Organizational Constellation
Part 3: Leadership and Career Development
8Midlife-Stop the World, I Want to Get Off
9The CEO Life Cycle
10The retirement Syndrome-The Psychology of Letting Go
Conclusion: the Twice-Born Experience

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