Manfred Kets de Vries

Honorary Board Member
Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change, INSEAD

Manfred Kets de Vries brings a different view to the much-studied subjects of leadership and the dynamics of individual and organisational change. Bringing to bear his knowledge and experience of economics (Econ. Drs., University of Amsterdam), management (ITP, MBA, and DBA, Harvard Business School), and psychoanalysis (Canadian Psychoanalytic Society and the International Psychoanalytic Association), Kets de Vries scrutinises the interface between international management, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and dynamic psychiatry. His specific areas of interest are leadership, career dynamics, executive stress, entrepreneurship, family business, succession planning, cross-cultural management, team building, coaching, and the dynamics of corporate transformation and change.

The Distinguished Professor of Leadership Development and Organisational Change at INSEAD, Kets de Vries has been the Founding-Director of INSEAD’s Global Leadership Centre, one of the largest leadership development centres in the world. In addition, he is Programme Director of INSEAD's top management programme, "The Challenge of Leadership: Creating Reflective Leaders,” and Scientific Director of the Executive Master’s Programme “Consulting and Coaching for Change (and has received INSEAD's distinguished teacher award five times). He has also held professorships at McGill University, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Montreal, the European School for Management and Technology, Berlin, and the Harvard Business School, and he has lectured at management institutions around the world.

The Financial Times, Le Capital, Wirtschaftswoche, and The Economist have rated Manfred Kets de Vries one of world's leading leadership thinkers. He is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 40 books.