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The Leadership Mystique: Leading behavior in the human enterprise, 2nd Edition

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The Leadership Mystique: Leading behavior in the human enterprise, 2nd Edition


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  • Copyright 2006
  • Pages: 304
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 1-4058-4019-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4058-4019-4

What makes a great leader? Have you got what it takes? And how can you improve your leadership skills to get the most out of yourself, the people you manage and your business? In this new paperback edition of The Leadership Mystique, acclaimed management guru Manfred Kets de Vries answers these questions and more.

  • All ambitious managers want to become leaders and are keen to learn how to get there.
  • Many managers/leaders suffer from what Kets De Vries has coined  'neurotic impostor syndrome', the fear of being exposed as a 'fake', and are seeking tips and guidance on how to become more effective and confident in their roles.
  • First edition was extremely successful internationally.
  • Manfred Kets De Vries is a major name and an accomplished writer. As well as being the author /editor of 17 books, he publishes widely in journals, newspapers and professional magazines, for instance recent (September 2005) articles in the Harvard Business Review and The Guardian.
  • The second edition will be shorter, punchier and a lower-priced paperback taking the book to a wider audience.
  • Includes clever diagnostics that get you thinking such as: If your company/team is drowning and you can save only 5 people, who would you save?

Sample Content

Table of Contents

1. Leadership in a dissonant voice: Using the prism of the clinical paradigm
Introducing key issues
The centrality of the clinical paradigm
2. Emotional intelligence in the world of work
Intelligence as a multifaceted attribute
A closer look at emotional intelligence
Honing the sub-skills of emotional intelligence
A mood too far: Managing emotional extremes
The core conflictual relationship theme
Deepening our understanding of our inner theater
Escaping psychic prison
3. The mussel syndrome
Corporate consequences of the mussel syndrome
The changing organizational paradigm
Companies that endure
4. The failure factor in leadership
Executive behavior: Myth and reality
Rational and irrational behavior
Dysfunctional patterns in leadership
The transference trap
The impact of narcissism
5. The dynamics of succession
Midlife dilemmas
The life-cycle of a CEO
Generational envy
6. The Dilbert phenomenon
The deadness within
Resuscitating “dead” leaders
Whole-life strategy versus deferred-life strategy
The tragedies of success and near-success
A summary prescription for revitalization &;
7. The rot at the top
Neurotic styles and organizations
The dramatic personality/organization
The suspicious personality/organization
The detached personality/organization
The depressive personality/organization
The compulsive personality/organization
Case examples
An organizational vicious circle
8. Achieving personal and organizational change
The process of change
The dynamics of individual change
The dynamics of organizational transformation
Leadership strategies for implementing change
9. Characteristics of effective leadership
Leadership models
10. Leadership in a global context
The wheel of culture
Identifying global leadership abilities
Global leadership development
11. Roles leaders play
Leadership versus management
The dual roles of leadership
12. Leadership development
Selection problems
Developmental tasks
Leadership in the “digital age”
13. Authentizotic organizations
The best companies to work for
The “healthy” individual bsp;
Characteristics of the “authentizotic” organization
The gender question
14. Final thoughts
Suggested further reading 7


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