Leaders, Fools, and Impostors: Essays on the Psychology of Leadership

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Wiley, Jul 22, 1993 - Business & Economics - 224 pages
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Insightful essays explode the myth that rationality is what governs the behavior of leaders and followers, and provide a more realistic perspective on organizational functioning that takes into account the profound psychological force at work in the leader-follower relationship.Cites examples from business, history, literature, and arts to identify distinct leader types. Numerous case studies of both successful and failed leaders give consultants and managers the tools to detect and act on problems in leadership, offers organizational behaviorists 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 is a practicing psychoanalyst and Raoul de Vitry d'Avaucourt professor of human resource management at the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) in Fountainbleau, France. He is the author of eight books on such topics as leadership, career dynamics, and organizational diagnosis and intervention. Kets de Vries has been an executive development consultant to major corporations in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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