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Riding the Leadership Rollercoaster

An observer’s guide

  • Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries

Table of contents

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About this book

Introduction

A collection of short, bite-sized nuggets of insight into the psychological ups and downs of the leadership journey from one of the world’s top thinkers on leadership.

Leadership often means living on the edge, living a life less ordinary, leaving the straight and narrow to take a more exciting path. Like riding a roller coaster, there will be moments that take our breath away but it is in those moments that we feel truly alive. Although we may not know what is coming round the next bend or after the next rise, we have a great time on the ride.

Kets de Vries’s examination of the “inner theatre” pushes leaders and their coaches to become a personal and organizational detectives, to look beyond the obvious and discover the deeper meaning of their own and others’ actions. Doing so can prevent leaders becoming prisoners of their own past, failing to recognize the repetitive patterns in their behavior, making the same mistakes over and over again.

Leaders are more likely than followers to experience ups and downs, successes and failures, happy days and sad. The intensity of the experience depends on the “rider.” They can scream or enjoy the ride—or, indeed, do both. They can make the best out of the beginnings and endings, the good times and bad, or they can sink beneath them. In Riding the Leadership Rollercoaster Kets de Vries provides leaders and their coaches with the insights that can help them take some control of the ride.

 

Keywords

Leadership Coaching Executive Psychology of leadership Behavior Patterns inner theatre Management behavioral change authenticity Self-knowledge Toxic relationships Leadership life cycle Hubris

Authors and affiliations

  • Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries
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  1. 1.INSEADFontainebleauFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45162-6
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-45161-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-45162-6
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