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Leading Wisely Becoming a Reflective Leader in Turbulent Times

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2022-04-26
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Discover true leadership with this actionable guide from a world renowned leadership expert, psychoanalyst, and executive coach

In Leading Wisely: Becoming a Reflective Leader in Turbulent Times, renowned leadership expert, psychoanalyst and executive coach Manfred Kets De Vries delivers an insightful and unique exploration of what it means to lead with wisdom. The book demonstrates that exclusive reliance on knowledge, data, and information yields a superficial leadership style lacking in depth and discernment. What's more important in the wisdom equation is possessing humility, judgment, empathy, compassion, and night vision.

With eleven chapters full of anecdotes and tales from a variety of spiritual and cultural traditions that enrich and lend a deeper significance to the choices we make as leaders and members of organizations, Leading Wisely provides readers with:

  • A thorough exploration of dealing with negative—but entirely natural motivations, like envy and greed
  • An emphasis on the Golden Rule—treating others as we like to be treated ourselves
  • An opportunity to be courageous—to consciously and intentionally pick our battles, saving energy for what really matters
  • Lessons on how to listen intently and actively, truly hearing what our colleagues, friends, family, and followers are saying before reacting
  • Finding happiness within ourselves
  • Leading Wisely: Becoming a Reflective Leader in Turbulent Times is a startlingly incisive book, filled with messages that make the book required reading for anyone in a position of leadership or power. It also belongs in the libraries of well-being and health practitioners who frequently deal with businesspeople as clients or patients.

Author Biography

MANFRED KETS DE VRIES brings a different view to the much-studied subjects of leadership and the psychological dimensions of individual and organizational change. His specific areas of interest are leadership (the “bright” and “dark” side), entrepreneurship, career dynamics, talentmanagement, family business, cross-cultural management, succession planning, organizational and individual stress, C-suite team building, executive coaching, organizational development, transformation management, and management consulting.

The Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change at INSEAD, he is Program Director of INSEAD’s top management program, “The Challenge of Leadership: Creating Reflective Leaders,” and the Founder of INSEAD’s Executive Master Program in Change Management. He was also the Founder-Director of INSEAD’s Global Leadership Center. As an educator, he received INSEAD’s distinguished teacher award six times. The Financial Times, Le Capital, Wirtschaftswoche, El País, and The Economist have rated Manfred Kets de Vries among the world’s leading management thinkers and among the most influential contributors to human resource management.

Kets de Vries works as a consultant on organizational design/transformation and strategic human resource management for companies worldwide. As an educator and consultant, he has worked in more than forty countries. In his role as a consultant, he is also the founder-chairman of the Kets de Vries Institute (KDVI), a boutique strategic leadership development consulting firm.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Not knowing

Chapter 2: Beyond book knowledge

Chapter 3: Wisdom and sorrow

Chapter 4: The Golden Rule

Chapter 5: Forgiveness

Chapter 6: Envy

Chapter 7: Greed

Chapter 8: Listening

Chapter 9: Choose your battles wisely

Chapter 10: Courage

Chapter 11: Happiness

Chapter 12: Conclusion

About the Author


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