Palgrave recently announced that Manfred Kets de Vries had been presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Leadership Association (ILA). This news was of particular interest to me because he is one of my main theorists for my own practice and research. I particularly like his notions of ‘inner theater’, ‘leadership as energy management’ and his work around ‘followership/leadership relations’ as outlined in his book “Leaders, fools and imposters: essays on the psychology of leadership”.
As it happened, I also met Cynthia Cherrey, President of the ILA (International Leadership Association) in Auckland last week at the ‘Studying Leadership’ conference and joined the ILA myself upon my return.
Here is the rest of the announcement about the award:
For the first time, this prestigious organisation honoured founding professionals in the development of leadership as a field and as a discipline. Kets de Vries, Director of the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre (IGLC), is considered one of the world’s leading thinkers on management and has over 30 years of teaching experience in organisational behaviour and leadership studies.
‘Manfred Kets de Vries is a true pioneer in the field of leadership and we are delighted to acknowledge his lifetime achievements with this award,’ said Shelly Wilsey, Director of the International Leadership Association. ‘His exemplary work has been instrumental in the development and continued advancement of global leaders,’ added Cynthia Cherrey, President of the ILA.
Kets de Vries holds the Raoul de Vitry d’Avaucourt Chair of Leadership Development at INSEAD and is a founding member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations. Hia new book ‘Sex, Money, Happiness and Death’ will be publishing in April 2009.
For more information about his books visit: www.palgrave.com/business/insead.asp