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Are Leaders Born or Are They Made?

The Case of Alexander the Great, 1st Edition

By Elisabet Engellau, Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries


140 pages

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This book discusses the psychodynamics of leadership-in and relies on concepts of developmental psychology, family systems theory, cognitive theory, dynamic psychiatry, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis to understand Alexander's behaviour and actions.

Table of Contents

Preface -- Introduction -- Histiography -- Setting the stage -- Creating a war machine -- Family turmoil -- A strategic genius -- Administering an empire -- Striving for the “Endless Ocean” -- Leadership -- The management of meaning -- Entering the inner theatre of the king -- The aftermath -- Leadership lessons from Alexander the Great -- Notes

About the Authors

'Elisabet Engellau' works as an independent consultant focusing on one-on-one executive coaching, leadership development, cross-cultural management and team building. She is a member of the faculty at INSEAD, the Center for Creative Leadership, and the Stockholm School of Economics. Presently, she is in charge of coaching in the Advanced Management Program as well as other top executive programs at INSEAD. Manfred Kets De Vries is a clinical professor of leadership development and a consultant on organizational design/transformation and strategic human resource management to leading worldwide companies. He holds the Raoul de Vitry d'Avaucourt Chair of Leadership Development at 'Instead', Fontainebleau, France. He has also held professorships at McGill University, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Montreal, and the Harvard Business School, and he has lectured at management institutions around the world. He is the author, co-author, or editor of over 20 books. The Financial Times, Le Capital, Wirtschaftswoche, and The Economist have judged Manfred Kets de Vries one of Europe's leading management thinkers.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health