Coaching Challenging Executives

Mastering Executive Coaching (2018), Jonathan Passmore and Bryan Underhill, (Eds.) Routledge

INSEAD Working Paper No. 2018/01/EFE

19 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2018

See all articles by Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries

Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries

INSEAD - Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

Caroline Rook

University of Reading - Henley Business School

Date Written: January 10, 2018

Abstract

When a leader’s psychological make-up is problematic, it can have a serious contagious effect. If that is the case, the organization itself is in danger of becoming a mirror image of the leader’s troublesome behavior patterns. Leadership coaches who have a deep understanding of personality functioning, and are familiar with the appropriate intervention techniques of dealing with these people, can help in addressing these mental health issues in order to bring about more effective leadership practices, and ultimately more healthy organizations. In this chapter, we explore four regularly encountered toxic behavior patterns amongst leaders that can derail their organizations. For each personality type, we describe the conditions underlying the behavior pattern, how to recognize the pattern, how to coach individuals who exhibit this pattern, as well as to provide a real live case study to illustrate how coaching can bring about better ways of running their organizations.

Keywords: Executive Coaching, Narcissistic, Bipolar, Psychopathic and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality

Suggested Citation

Kets de Vries, Manfred F.R. and Rook, Caroline, Coaching Challenging Executives (January 10, 2018). Mastering Executive Coaching (2018), Jonathan Passmore and Bryan Underhill, (Eds.) Routledge; INSEAD Working Paper No. 2018/01/EFE. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3099368 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3099368

Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries (Contact Author)

INSEAD - Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise ( email )

Fontainebleau Cedex, F-77305
France

Caroline Rook

University of Reading - Henley Business School ( email )

Greenlands
Henley, RG9 3AU
United Kingdom

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