Manfred Kets de Vries brings a different view to the much-studied subjects of leadership and the dynamics of individual and organizational change. Bringing to bear his knowledge and experience of economics (Econ. Drs., University of Amsterdam), management (ITP, MBA, and DBA, Harvard Business School), and psychoanalysis (Canadian Psychoanalytic Society and the International Psychoanalytic Association), Kets de Vries scrutinizes the interface between international management, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and dynamic psychiatry. His specific areas of interest are leadership, career dynamics, executive stress, entrepreneurship, family business, succession planning, cross-cultural management, team building, coaching, and the dynamics of corporate transformation and change.
A clinical professor of leadership development, he holds the Raoul de Vitry d'Avaucourt Chair of Leadership Development at INSEAD, France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. He is the Founder of INSEAD’s Global Leadership Center. In addition, he is program director of INSEAD's top management program, "The Challenge of Leadership: Creating Reflective Leaders,” and scientific director of “Consulting and Coaching for Change: Creating Reflective Change Agents” (and has five times received INSEAD's distinguished teacher award). He is also the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership Development Research with the European Institute for Management and Technology in Berlin (ESMT). He has 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.
The Financial Times, Le Capital, Wirtschaftswoche, and The Economist have rated Manfred Kets de Vries both among the world's top fifty leading management thinkers and one of the most influential contributors to human resource management. He has been the recipient the “Harry and Miriam Levinson Award” from the American Psychological Association and the “Freud Memorial Award” from the Dutch Psychoanalytic Institute. He has also been given the Lifetime Achievement Award (the Leadership Legacy Project of the International Leadership Association), being viewed as one of the world's six founding professionals in the development of leadership as a field and discipline. Presently, Kets de Vries is seen as the leading figure in the clinical study of organizational leadership.
Kets de Vries is the author, co-author, or editor of over 35 books, his books and articles have been translated into thirty-one languages. His latest publications are: “Tricky Coaching: Difficult Cases in Leadership Coaching”, “The Hedgehog Effect: The Secrets of Building High Performance Teams”, “Reflections on Groups and Organisations”, “Reflections on Leadership and Career Development” and “Reflections on Character and Leadership”.
In addition, Kets de Vries has published over 350 academic papers as chapters in books and as articles. He has also written approximately a hundred case studies, including seven that received the Best Case of the Year award. He is a regular writer for a number of magazines. His work has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Fortune, Business Week, The Economist, The Financial Times, and The International Herald Tribune. He is a member of seventeen editorial boards and has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Management. He is a founding member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO) of which he became a Lifetime Distinguished Member in 2009. Kets de Vries is also the first non-American recipient of the International Leadership Award for “his contributions to the classroom and the board room” by the International Leadership Association (ILA). In 2010 he was honoured by the Dutch Psychoanalytic Institute in Holland where he was presented with the Freud Memorial Award, in acknowledgement of his exceptional work on the interface between psychoanalysis and organisations.
Kets de Vries is a consultant on organizational design/transformation and strategic human resource management to leading U.S., Canadian, European, African, Australian, and Asian companies. As an educator and consultant he has worked in more than forty countries.
The Dutch government has made him an Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau, a recognition given by the Dutch government. He was the first fly fisherman in Outer Mongolia and is a member of New York's Explorers Club. In his spare time he can be found in the rainforests or savannas of Central Africa, the Siberian taiga, the Pamir and Altai Mountains, Arnhemland, or within the Arctic Circle.