This site requires JavaScript to render the code.

Need to know how to enable JavaScript? Go here.

Leadership | Organizational Change

prof. dr. Manfred Kets de Vries

Manfred Kets de Vries is a leadership and organisational behaviour expert who straddles the two worlds of management and psychoanalysis.

Keynote Speaker,Workshop / Masterclass
Keynote Speaker,Workshop / Masterclass,

Specialist Subjects

1. The essence of effective leadership

This lecture examines the characteristics of charismatic and transformational leaders, the competencies, practices and roles that distinguish effective from ineffective leaders, and how executives can develop more effective leadership qualities. Discussion covers topics such as the corporate values that encourage and reinforce effective leadership in a global organisation and the implications of operating in a multi-cultural, global environment.

2. The rationale of irrationality

Like anyone else, leaders are capable of acting irrationally. This lecture shows that there is a rationale behind irrationality that needs to be acknowledged and dealt with. Many well-intentioned and well thought-out plans derail in organisations around the world because of the unconscious forces that influence our behaviour. This lecture delves into the types of irrational behaviour of executives and how to identify and manage them. It focuses on the value of keen observation and emotional intelligence as a part of the executive skill set. Emotionally intelligent people are better equipped to manage irrational behaviours and are likely to be more effective as leaders.

3. Leadership's Shadow

Leaders are prominent figures who stand in the glow of the spotlight. They are subject to, and influence the gaze of a wide range of observers, both inside and outside the organisation. But the shadow a leader casts over the workplace is less visible, even though it can darken the lives of many. The theme of this lecture is to provide insights into the darker side of leadership and to address different aspects of leadership dysfunction. What makes leaders derail? What factors trigger leadership failure? Are there warning signs? What effect does failed leadership have on corporate culture, organisational structure and patterns of decision-making? What can be done to change dysfunctional leadership to an effective one?

4. High Performance Teams and Organisations

This lecture focuses on creating and managing high performance teams. The creation of strongly aligned teams, in turn, becomes the basis for creating high performance organisations. What are the ingredients for a high performance team? How can an organisation’s culture support the creation of such teams? How can an organisation become a ‘best place to work’ in which people perform at their very best? What features make a particular culture unique? What changes to organisational culture make a company more effective? The class also deals with the process of successful individual and organisational change.


From hero to zero - when leaders turn bad

From hero to zero - when leaders turn bad

Enthusiastic about Manfred Kets de Vries?

Request quote