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These insightful essays explode the myth that rationality is what governs the behavior of leaders and followers, and provide a more realistic perspective on organizational functioning that takes into account the profound psychological force at work in the leader-follower relationship.Kets de Vries cites examples from business, history, literature, and arts to identify distinct leader types. Numerous case studies of both successful and failed leaders give consultants and managers the tools to detect and act on problems in leadership, offers organizational behaviorists a better understanding of the leader-follower dynamic, and gives leaders the means to transform themselves.

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Insightful essays explode the myth that rationality is what governs the behavior of leaders and followers, and provide a more realistic perspective on organizational functioning that takes into account the profound psychological force at work in the leader-follower relationship.

Cites examples from business, history, literature, and arts to identify distinct leader types. Numerous case studies of both successful and failed leaders give consultants and managers the tools to detect and act on problems in leadership, offers organizational behaviorists a better understanding of the leader-follower dynamic, and gives leaders the means to transform themselves.

Synopsis:

Citing examples from business, history, literature, the arts, and from his own psychoanalytic and management-consulting practice, the author identifies distinct leader types. He shows that entrepreneurs posses many of the qualities of the imposter, including a capacity for self-dramatization and a deep understanding of how to profit by others' wishes and desires.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 203-216) and index.

About the Author

MANFRED F. R. KETS DE VRIES is a practicing psychoanalyst and Raoul de Vitry d'Avaucourt professor of human resource management at the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) in Fountainbleau, France. He is the author of eight books on such topics as leadership, career dynamics, and organizational diagnosis and intervention. Kets de Vries has been an executive development consultant to major corporations in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Our Leaders, Ourselves: Understanding the Leader We Create

1. The Leader as Mirror

2. The Incomplete Self: Narcissism and the Exercise of Power

3. Letting Go of Power: The Emotional Reckoning

4. Dead Souls: Understanding Emotional Illiteracy

5. Hubris and the Fool: Humor as a Balance to Power

6. The Imposter Syndrome

7. Leadership and the Abuse of Power: Beyond Complicity

Conclusion: Managing the Ambiguities of Leadership and Power

Product Details

ISBN:
9781555425623
Subtitle:
Essays on the Psychology of Leadership
Author:
Kets De Vries, Manfred F R
Author:
Kets De Vries, Manfred F. R.
Author:
Vries, Manfred F. R. Kets de
Publisher:
Jossey-Bass
Location:
San Francisco Calif. :
Subject:
Leadership
Subject:
Business Life - Inspirational
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Executives
Subject:
Entrepreneurship
Subject:
Management / Leadership
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series:
Jossey-Bass management series
Series Volume:
no. 4
Publication Date:
19930722
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
120 x 120 x 120 mm 13.6 oz

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Product details 224 pages Jossey-Bass, Incorporated Publishers - English 9781555425623 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Insightful essays explode the myth that rationality is what governs the behavior of leaders and followers, and provide a more realistic perspective on organizational functioning that takes into account the profound psychological force at work in the leader-follower relationship.

Cites examples from business, history, literature, and arts to identify distinct leader types. Numerous case studies of both successful and failed leaders give consultants and managers the tools to detect and act on problems in leadership, offers organizational behaviorists a better understanding of the leader-follower dynamic, and gives leaders the means to transform themselves.

"Synopsis" by , Citing examples from business, history, literature, the arts, and from his own psychoanalytic and management-consulting practice, the author identifies distinct leader types. He shows that entrepreneurs posses many of the qualities of the imposter, including a capacity for self-dramatization and a deep understanding of how to profit by others' wishes and desires.
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