The Leader on the Couch

When our personality types comes under stress, there are typical exaggerations. Clinical psychology’s differentiated view on personality styles and disorders offers useful pointers for how to manage our “shadow aspects”

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The Leader on the Couch: A Clinical Approach to Changing People & Organizations by Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries.  Published by Jossey-Bass, 2006.  $31.00 hardcover, 436 pages. ISBN-13 978-0470030790

In our society, a leader has an uphill battle when it comes to the viewpoints of their team.  Most people have blinders on when it comes to their own flaws, and leaders are no exception.  The Leader on the Couch helps take off those blinders and reveals how inner personality affects your leadership.  Manfred Kets de Vries breaks down personality prototypes in the workplace, the education necessary to change executive mindsets, and methods of intervention and change.  He challenges the mindset of a workplace without feelings, and with a closing call for leaders to “walk the talk,” de Vries works to establish a change for the better in the workplace.