Manfred Kets de Vries


Manfred Kets de Vries is a consultant of strategic human resource management and organizational design and transformation to many of the world’s leading companies in 40 countries. He practices executive development work with such organizations as:
ABB, Aegon, Air Liquide, Alcan, Alcatel, Accenture, Bain Consulting, Bang & Olufsen, Bonnier, BP, L. M. Ericsson, DMGT, GE Capital, Goldman Sachs, Heineken, HypoVereinsbank, Investec, KPMG, Lego, Liberty Life, Lufthansa, Lundbeck, McKinsey, National Australia Bank, Nokia, Novartis, NovoNordisk, Russian Standard, SABMiller, SEB, Shell, SHV, Standard Bank of South Africa, Troika Dialog, Unilever and Volvo Car Corporation.

Manfred Kets de Vries and his associates have a distinctive competence in the in-house assessment of the quality of organizational leadership and in Leadership Audits. They focus not just on individual leaders, but also on the dynamics of executive teams, providing advice on how to reshape the team dynamics to create a high performance organization. They help each organization understand what factors drive its success or failure and how to improve its ability to adapt to changing situations.

Although one-on-one coaching can be highly effective, leadership coaching in a group setting can also have high pay-offs because changes in leadership behavior are likely to occur. Group leadership coaching establishes a foundation of trust, makes for constructive conflict resolution, leads to commitment and contributes to accountability: all factors that translate into better results for the organization. A change methodology centered on group coaching makes for high-performance teams, is an antidote to organizational silo formation, creates organizations without boundaries, and makes for true knowledge management.

A charismatic and humorous speaker, Manfred's thought-provoking presentations use extensive examples from his work with major corporations to make his speeches enjoyable, tangible and easy to learn from. He also provides tailored workshops to develop participants effectiveness in their leadership roles.

Last year, Manfred set up a new consultancy company, the Kets de Vries Institute, KDVI. The aim of the Institute is to become the gold standard provider of leadership interventions and research at the senior executive level in organizations. Manfredís ambition is to take his clinical perspective on leadership to a global audience.

With this Institute, Manfred and his associates wish to continue their activities in developing the essential, often intangible human factor that improves and sustains business results. KDVI has been established so that we may improve this work by better customizing our workshops and interventions and by bringing it to a broader network of global clients.

The website at provides an even greater insight into the scope of what the KDVI can do for you and your company.

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