Manfred Kets de Vries

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Manfred Kets de Vries

Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change;
Founder INSEAD Global Leadership Centre, 2003

Manfred Kets de Vries has spent over 25 years of his professional life at INSEAD, he started teaching there in 1971, leaving in 1973, and returning in 1984. He is now a Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change;. He was also the Founder of the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre in 2003. Manfred is a tenured professor in the Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise area.

Manfred Kets de Vries is the program director and scientific director respectively of the following INSEAD top management seminars

- The Challenge of Leadership: Creating Reflective Leaders (COL)
- Executive Masters in Consulting and Coaching for Change: Creating Reflective Change Agents (EMCCC)

While teaching in the MBA program, he won INSEAD’s Distinguished Teacher Award five times. Manfred spends as much of his time as he can spare writing books, book chapters, case, working papers, articles, blogs and developmental tools. He is constantly sought after for interview by the press. He enjoys a large choice of consultancy work, and he likes to work with PhD students and MBAs when their interests coincide and time allows.

One of his recent projects was the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre (IGLC) where he explored the sphere of the personal and interpersonal aspects of leadership by using the clinical paradigm. Through research, coaching and assessment tools, the IGLC developed better understanding of the psychological forces behind effective leaders and healthy organizations. In a time of downsizing, outsourcing, rationalizing, and e-working, an understanding of individual psychology is more relevant than ever before. It empowers individuals to leverage skills, vision and entrepreneurial acumen in order to create results-driven, sustainable organizations by putting people first.

Under Professor Manfred Kets de Vries, one of the leading thinkers on leadership, the IGLC conducted its research in the following domains:

- Individual and group dynamics in organizations
- Creating high performance teams
- Leadership development for high performance organizations
- Cross-cultural differences in leadership styles
- The dark side of leadership: preventing “derailment”
- Entrepreneurial leadership
- The dimensions of excellent global leadership
- Creating executive role constellations
- Psychodynamics of leadership transition

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