About KDVI

“The primary challenge of organisational leadership ​is to create places to work that give people meaning, where they can feel truly alive and perform to their very best.”

Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

We live in an age of unrelenting change. If change is to be a positive force in organisations, we need more trust, candid feedback, and empathy in order to constructively adapt and find better solutions. We believe this makes a leader’s ability to be vulnerable and authentic crucial.

We’re here to develop reflective leaders who change the world, recognising that leaders have an extraordinary ability to impact those around them. We help design human-centred workplaces, engage in courageous conversations and develop and inspire reflective, emotionally intelligent leaders. Through our work, we aim to foster trust and hope for the future.

Our history

From classroom to boardroom

In 1971, multi award-winning Professor Manfred Kets de Vries began working at INSEAD, ultimately launching pioneering programmes the Challenge of Leadership as well as the Executive Master’s Programme in Change. The courses were based on his research exploring the interface between management theory, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, evolutionary psychology and executive coaching.

Looking to bridge the gap between academia and business, Manfred and Elisabet Engellau founded the Kets de Vries Institute in 2010.

Our global team

A trusted community of highly experienced coaches

Bringing insights from a diverse range of industries alongside a deep appreciation of culture differences, we’re able to select the talent and tools that are right for each of our clients from our pool of exceptional people across the globe.

The combined business, behavioural science and real-world experience of our community enables us to provide high levels of creativity and agility in addressing leadership and organisational challenges, no matter where clients are in the world.