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Leaders, Fools and Impostors

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Publication date: August 2003
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In this book of insightful essays, Kets de Vries explodes the myth that rationality is what governs the behavior of leaders and followers, and he provides a more realistic perspective on organizational functioning and the leader-follower relationship. The author shows that a great potential for distortion exists when leaders try to act out the fantasies of their followers, and explores the many psychological traps into which leaders frequently fall. Citing examples from business, history, literature, the arts, and from his own psychoanalytic and management-consulting practise, the author identifies distinct leader types. He describes, for instance, the narcissist whose drive for power and prestige can bring much-needed vitality to an organization, but whose inability to accept criticism ultimately creates a climate of subservience. He shows that entrepreneurs possess many of the qualities of the impostor, including a capacity for self-dramatization and a deep understanding of how to profit by others
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A great book that I have just read, Leaders, Fools and Impostors written by Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries shows the real world in a creative and at the same time realistic way. The clever, broad-minded author gives insights about a whole range of disciplines, from psychology, sociology to literature and art to shape the idea of leader, follower and entrepreneur. It is a lucid, but vigorous piece of art that will show less appreciated characteristics of the three types in a humoristic way. This makes the book readable and has subtleties that are easy to understand. The author’s brilliance is emphasised throughout the book and I certainly recommend it.
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