Drawing on personal experience and innate insight, Manfred Kets de Vries' inspirational work makes it clear why he is a world-leading expert in the psychology of business
A clinical professor of leadership development, Manfred Kets de Vries combines a knowledge of management and economics with expertise in psychoanalysis. His methods can be applied to a wide range of factors affecting companies, which is reflected in his diverse range of specific interests. These include entrepreneurialism, executive stress, family business dynamics, succession decision making, team building, cultural factors influencing business, mentoring and training, and corporate structural changes. Director of The Challenge of Leadership: Developing Your Emotional Intelligence at INSEAD, Kets de Vries is a world renowned authority who has written and edited several seminal books relating to business psychology and has contributed to numerous prestigious publications.
A client portfolio including Shell, Goldman Sachs, Nokia, Unilever, Standard Bank of South Africa and Heineken demonstrates the strength of Kets de Vries reputation. His approach to leadership and management differs to that of many other experts within the field as he utilises his extensive knowledge of psychology in order to tailor and support his suggestions.
Kets de Vries qualifications speak for themselves. At Harvard Business School, he achieved his Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and completed the International Tax Program (ITP). He has an Econ. Drs. from the University of Amsterdam and is a member of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society and the International Psychoanalytic Association.
This background allows Kets de Vries to view the relationships between business management, psychiatry and psychoanalysis. Understanding people is key to understanding motivation, leadership, team dynamics and career progression. Knowing what inspires and what intimidates teams and individuals allows Kets de Vries to help each business overcome hurdles, motivate employees and change their approach and structure for the better.
Kets de Vries expertise has seen him become a successful author and business coach, but he has spent much of his career in academia, working as a professor at a number of universities. He is now predominantly involved with INSEAD, one of the worlds leading graduate business schools. He has been awarded the organisations Distinguished Teacher Award five times and is Director of their Global Leadership Center. Holding the Raoul de Vitry d'Avaucourt Chair of Leadership Development, Kets de Vries directs INSEADs Challenge of Leadership: Developing Your Emotional Intelligence and Consulting and Coaching for Change programs.
Specialist research areas include: Effective leadership, organisational stress, career dynamics, entrepreneurship, family business, cross-cultural management, organisational transformation and change, the darker side of leadership, high performance teams and high performance organisations, leadership derailment and its prevention, relationships between leadership, corporate culture and strategic decision-making, entrepreneurial leadership, leadership and the career life cycle, creating executive role constellations and the psychodynamics of leadership transition.
He regularly writes for a number of magazines and has featured in Business Week, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune and the International Herald Tribune. His numerous case studies and contribution of over 300 scientific papers have been well received within the industry and have been published in a number of prestigious publications.
Able to readily engage audiences of all sizes, Manfred Kets de Vries uses examples of his own work in order to provide comprehensive levels of advice and information in an accessible and fun way. As a speaker he is known for his charisma as well as for his sense of humour - not surprisingly his workshops are incredibly successful and popular.
Testimonial for The Hedgehog Effect: The Secrets of Building High Performance Teams: "Erudite, entertaining, witty, and nevertheless immensely practical and practicable" - Erik de Haan, Director, Ashridge Centre for Coaching
Testimonial for The Hedgehog Effect: The Secrets of Building High Performance Teams: "A useful guide to unconscious factors in group leadership coaching" - People Management
Testimonial for The Hedgehog Effect: The Secrets of Building High Performance Teams: "A really compelling introduction to anyone wishing to know more about group psychodynamic." - HR Zone
Testimonial for Reflections on Groups and Organizations: "Manfreds' uncanny insight into the murky unconscious processes affecting the psyche of leaders, coupled with his anecdotal writing style, makes this a very potent book for individuals seeking self improvement or those wishing to bring about organizational change." - Robert Geneid, Property Developer
Testimonial for Reflections on Groups and Organizations: "A splendid and pragmatic book illuminating how concealed individual and group dynamics impact business plans, decisions, and implementation. In his jargon-free and lucid style, Kets de Vries focuses on group dynamics as they play out and compromise leadership behavior and organizational change. He then details how leaders at all levels of the organization can identify and address these covert issues in the service of developing an authentizotic organization healthy, nimble, robust, and profitable. An invaluable approach to how they and their organizations can succeed in todays highly competitive and tumultuous business world." - Howard E. Book, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry