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Leaders, Fools and Impostors: Essays on the Psychology of Leadership (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 10. August 2003

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In this book of insightful essays, Kets de Vries explodes the myth that rationality is what governs the behavior of leaders and followers, and he provides a more realistic perspective on organizational functioning and the leader-follower relationship. The author shows that a great potential for distortion exists when leaders try to act out the fantasies of their followers, and explores the many psychological traps into which leaders frequently fall. Citing examples from business, history, literature, the arts, and from his own psychoanalytic and management-consulting practise, the author identifies distinct leader types. He describes, for instance, the narcissist whose drive for power and prestige can bring much-needed vitality to an organization, but whose inability to accept criticism ultimately creates a climate of subservience. He shows that entrepreneurs possess many of the qualities of the impostor, including a capacity for self-dramatization and a deep understanding of how to profit by others' wishes and desires, and he explains why entrepreneurs sometimes distort the truth about themselves and their organizations.

Through numerous case studies of successful and failed leaders, Leaders, Fools, and Impostors furthers a better understanding of the leader-follower dynamic, and gives leaders the means to transform themselves.

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Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries holds the Raoul de Vitry d?Avaucourt Chair of Clinical Leadership Development at INSEAD, France & Singapore. He is also in charge of INSEAD?s Center for Leadership Development. He is the author of twenty books and over two hundred articles on topics such as leadership, career development, and organizational change. The Financial Times, Le Capital, Wirtschaftswoche, and The Economist have judged Manfred Kets de Vries one of the world?s leading management thinkers. His books and articles have been translated into eighteen languages. He is a member of seventeen editorial boards. Kets de Vries is an executive development consultant on organizational design/transformation and strategic human resource management to leading U.S., Canadian, European, African, and Asian companies. As an educator and consultant he has worked in more than thirty countries.

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A great book from one of the foremost leadership specialists 26. Oktober 2003
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Manfred Kets de Vries is one of today's foremost specialists on leadership. In this book, which contains some fascinating case studies, Kets de Vries offers unique insight into the functioning of business leaders and how they wield their power. He approaches leadership from an unusual angle, very different from what we are used to from glossy business magzines that glorify leaders. Leaders, Fools, Impostors is the perfect book to read for those who want to understand the real reasons for the rise and recent fall of corporate America's most powerful bosses. An excellent book!
Human Nature at Work 23. Januar 2010
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I recommend this book to anyone striving to understand leaders, leadership and the organizational dynamics that surround leaders. The book is a little over 100 pages and an easy read. The author has experience dealing with CEOs and executives and this shows in how well grounded the book is in terms of the types of workplace experiences one may encounter. The book offers a typology of psychologically informed perspectives that peal back human nature for inspection and the leaders and leadership styles that arise many times from the darker side of human nature. I especially enjoyed the chapter on Narcissism and the Exercise of Power and the concluding chapter that offers many insights into how an effective leader who merges self-knowledge and self-reflective skills can avoid the many pitfalls that come with holding powerful positions in organizations. The workplace is everywhere and always an exceptionally hard context to understand and live and work within. The insights in this book may make you feel less alone and isolated when it comes to understanding your experience at work.
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Fascinating! 26. Oktober 2003
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This is one of the best books I have read on leadership. It's insightful, deep, surprising, and very readable. We finally understand why leaders act the way they do, why they succumb to the "greed is good" mantra, why they derail. If you have ever wondered what is behind those stories of leaders gone overboard we are hearing so much about lately, read this book. It was a real eye-opener for me, and I enjoyed every page of it. It has the advantage of being an easy read, while it really provides a lot of understanding about how leaders behave when the curtain is closed. I very much recommend this book to everyone interested in the realities of leadership.
Looking beyond money and package motivation? Here it is. 27. Januar 2009
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If you are involved in hiring/dealing with top managers even for startups (well, especially for startups!), or deal often with entrepreneurs, as well as if you "assemble" teams which provide for long-term result, this book is simply a must.

Completely eye-opening. Explaining mistakes I made before, for which I could not find explanations until I read it."
I can only highly recommend this book to aaalllllllll managers 23. Juli 2014
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I can only highly recommend this book to aaalllllllll managers, leaders on this planet to have a look insight themselves. Leadership starts within the self,... so go and have a inner journey and coach yourself through this book.
Mr No Way, Bruno Rouffaer
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