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Prof. Manfred Kets de Vries

Leading Authority on Leadership

Manfred Kets de Vries is a clinical professor of leadership development; he holds the Raoul de Vitry d'Avaucourt Chair of Leadership Development at INSEAD. He is the Director of INSEAD's Global Leadership Centre, program director of INSEAD's top management seminar, and the program "Consulting and Coaching for Change", and has on five occasions received INSEAD's distinguished teacher award. He is the author, co-author, or editor of more than twenty books and has published over 200 scientific papers.

In 2009 Thinkers 50, the global ranking of management gurus, placed him among the list of most influential thinkers

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In detail

He has also held professorships at McGill University, the École des Hautes Études Commerciales, Montreal, and the Harvard Business School, and has lectured at management institutions around the world. He is a founding member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations.

What he offers you

Manfred 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 , management and psychoanalysis he scrutinizes the interface between international management, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and dynamic psychiatry.

How he presents

A charismatic and humorous speaker, Manfred's thought-provoking presentations use extensive examples from his work with major corporations to make his speeches enjoyable, tangible and easy to learn from. He also provides tailored workshops to develop participants' effectiveness in their leadership roles.


He presents in English or Dutch.

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Speaking topics

  • Leadership/Entrepreneurship
  • Career Dynamics
  • Developing Leaders
  • Building International Teams
  • Cross-Cultural Management
  • The Dynamics of Corporate Transformation and Change


  • Manfred is an excellent performer and very interesting. The audience gave him the highest ratings - Business Consulting Services

Books and publications

  • 2009
    Reflections on Character and Leadership: On the Couch with Manfred Kets de Vries
  • 2005
    Global Executive Leadership Inventory: Facilitator's Guide
  • Lessons on Leadership by Terror
  • 2004
    Are Leaders Born or Are They Made?
  • 2003
    Leaders, Fools and Impostors
  • 2002
    The Happiness Equation
  • 2001
    The Leadership Mystique

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