Naval War College Review


Hank Kniskern


Reflections on Character and Leadership is not your typical book on leadership. It delves into aspects that are often neglected in both the classroom and pro- fessional press. How often do we focus on the leader who is dysfunctional and on what drives the destructiveness? This is what Manfred Kets de Vries has set out to do. An engaging writer and scholar with a penchant for practical workplace applications, Kets de Vries has taught at Harvard and is currently the Clinical Professor of Leadership at INSEAD in Paris, one of the world’s leading and largest business schools. His background in economics, psychoanalysis, and organization research gives a holistic perspective to the material, including his recommendations for intervention.