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Coach and Couch

The Psychology of Making Better Leaders

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  • © 2007


Part of the book series: INSEAD Business Press (IBP)

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About this book

The INSEAD Global Leadership Centre was founded and is directed by Professor Kets de Vries. This book is a volume of essays on leadership development topics. Drawing upon substantial research the book presents the essential leadership models and equips practitioners with tools for developing executive coaches and working with business leaders.


  • business
  • organization
  • Personal
  • research & development (R&D)


'Coach and Couch: The Psychology of Making Better Leaders is a powerful reminder that Leadership, very much like Art, blends irrationality and rationality. This book explores the clinical perspective and applies it to the business context. I have found that this approach, which focuses on self-reflection and the observation of others, is particularly helpful in confronting the challenges of leadership. ' - Edward Dolman , CEO, Christie's

'Finally, the long-awaited volume on the theories, methods and practices of what is widely considered as one of the most innovative and effective programs in the development of leaders and high performance teams in the world today. The wealth of experience, knowledge and insight gathered in these pages is truly remarkable. In the rapidly expanding field of executive coaching, this book on the development of creative leadership in today's complex organizations is destined to be a landmark. This is as good as it gets.' - Sudhir Kakar, Visiting Professor, INSEAD, psychoanalyst, anthropologist and novelist

Authors and Affiliations

  • European School of Management and Technology, Berlin, Germany

    Konstantin Korotov

  • INSEAD Global Leadership Centre, Fontainebleau, France

    Elizabeth Florent-Treacy

About the authors

MANFRED KETS DE VRIES is The Raoul de Vitry d'Avaucourt Chaired Professor of Leadership Development and the Clinical Professor of Leadership Development at Insead Business School, France. He has also held professorships at McGill University, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Montreal and the Harvard Business School. Kets de Vries is a founding member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations. The Financial Times, Le Capital, Wirtschaftswoche and The Economist have judged him one of the world's leading thinkers on leadership. He is the author, co-author or editor of 24 books and more than 250 articles. His books and articles have been translated into 25 languages.  He is a member of seventeen editorial boards. Kets de Vries has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Management.

KONSTANTIN KOROTOV is an Assistant Professor at ESMT and also an Executive Coach and a Research Fellow with the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre in Fontainebleau, France. In addition to his academic work, he has over 10 years of practical Leadership Development experience in the US, Russia, UK, France, Portugal, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany and Latvia. He has designed and delivered executive programmes for Ernst& Young, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Shell, ABN-Amro, Japan Tobacco International, Mars, Mittal Steel, Philip Morris, Frontstep CIS, British American Tobacco, Western NIS Enterprise Fund, Russian Presidential Programme for Management Cadre Development, Uralsib, Pernod-Ricard, and US Government's Edmund S. Muskie Program, as well as taught MBA-level, executive, and undergraduate courses at Stockholm School of Economics, INSEAD, and American Institute of Business and Economics (Moscow).

ELIZABETH FLORENT-TREACY is Research Project Manager at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France, and Singapore. She has conducted research in the following areas: global leadership; global organizations; corporate culture in European and global organizations; American, French and Russian business practices; family business issues (governance, succession, strategy); entrepreneurial leadership; cross-cultural management; women and global leadership; cultural aspects of mergers and acquisitions; transformational leadership; expatriate executives and families; and the psychodynamics of leadership. She has written 18 case studies, five of which won top case writing awards (ECCH and EFMD). She has also taught seminars on case writing. She has co-authored or authored 14 articles and book chapters, and co-authored two books, on leadership and family business topics.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Coach and Couch

  • Book Subtitle: The Psychology of Making Better Leaders

  • Authors: Konstantin Korotov, Elizabeth Florent-Treacy

  • Series Title: INSEAD Business Press

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan London

  • eBook Packages: History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2007

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-230-50638-1Published: 16 May 2007

  • Series ISSN: 2947-7727

  • Series E-ISSN: 2947-7735

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: LII, 364

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